There is only a few words to describe Colin Firth: ring a ding ding. The epitome of English gentlemen, Colin Firth is a dapper actor who thrilling has scooped up awards including the big Oscar. Starting off his career in television, he has appeared in any movie type under the sun, from children’s movies such as Nanny McPhee to thrillers such as the upcoming The Devil’s Knot. He has transcended eras, proving time and time again that he can knock some evocative performances as well as some fun and free ones. After all, who could forget is singing and dancing in Mamma Mia?
While that doesn’t make the list here, let’s have a look at Firth’s essential movies.
This is probably the first movie that kick started a global love affair with Mr Firth. It’s a bit of a cheat because this was a television mini-series but we couldn’t possibly leave off the dashing Mr Darcy in any list about Colin Firth. Written by Andrew Davis and screened by BBC, the romantic period drama from Jane Austen was adapted in possibly the best way. Alongside Jennifer Ehle, Firth is fantastic in this award winning television series. And yes, yes, let’s add the titillation scene with Mr Darcy emerging from the waters like a beautiful man. We could watch that all day.
This is his greatest performance. If you held a gun to our heads and asked us to choose between this or his Oscar winning turn in The King’s Speech, it’ll be this one. Riveting, powerful and compelling, his role as college professor George Falconer is one of the most daring and courageous pieces of acting we’ve ever seen. Directed by fashion guru Tom Ford, this evocative film piece. A Single Man sees Firth as stunning and captivating as a man recounted his relationships and repressed sexuality with the loving Jim plus a student’s attention. Truly outstanding.
This is the British movie made delectably by a Swede, one that should’ve triumphed in every category it was nominated for (Gary Oldman deserved that Best Actor Oscar much more than novelty act Jean DuJardin who has barely acted since.) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a collection of the greatest acting in this wonderful adaptation of John Le Carre’s novel. It revolves around George Smiley who has to encourage a mole out of MI5 who has been selling their secrets to the Russians. The slow pace is effective here because it burns the tension and it is absorbing to watch. Firth stars as Bill Haydon, one of the top five who falls under suspicion all the while sleeping with Smiley’s wife. It’s a collection of fine acting and Firth is no different here.
In his most coveted and award winning role, Colin Firth excels here. Of course, translating the true story of a monarch, the Queens father no less, is one of hefty duty and giving the role to an actor such as Firth is always going to win prizes. In Tom Hooper’s film, he stars as King George the VI. Left in the shadow of his brother, when King Edward VII abdicates George is thrust into the position of power. The problem being that George has a stammer and with many speeches entrusted to him, he must overcome the impediment. Along with the help of his wife and therapist Lionel Logue (played amazingly by Geoffrey Rush,) Firth plays astutely and emotional this very royal struggle.
It’s like we’ve come full circle because in the book of this movie, Bridget obsesses, like us all, over Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. Lucky for Bridget, in the film adaptation, she actually scoops him up as Colin Firth plays Mark, one of her love interests. Soppy, goofy and gallant, here, he is the loveable lawyer who piques Jones’ interest when she is sandwiched into awkward situations with him. Firth is one of the best things about this film and hilarious too. If you don’t love the scene between him and Hugh Grant as they fight in a Greek Restaurant, then you are wrong. Brilliant and witty, this is one role that you cannot miss!
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