I know it’s a terrible video but if you love Colin as I do you’ll watch it.
It’s not hard to find a great performance by Colin Firth. One could be blindfolded, throw a rock at a pile of his DVDs and find a vivid, memorable performance. Why people don’t notice him so much is that he is a true character actor who often underplays in an ensemble. Watch those films again and Firth’s brilliance will emerge. He is not showy nor hammy. But he is a master of the craft, to get FM radio on you. Let’s count them down. It’s difficult to separate out five of his best since, really, he hasn’t ever turned in a bad performance. These are my own personal favorites. Feel free to chime in with yours.
5. Mamma Mia – it might seem like a throw-away but Firth was one of the funniest things about the movie.
4. Bridget Jones Diary – it isn’t really fair that Colin Firth has to be the living, breathing fantasy of most women but there it is. There are other films he’s done marvelous work in, like Girl with Pearl Earring and Genova. But how can one deny….
3. In Shakespeare in Love – he is hilarious – he plays a shallow, broke man of noble birth. “It takes a woman to know it.”
1. Pride and Prejudice
He really is great in every possible way. It’s nice to see him finally step into the spotlight.