Optical Illusion: The Eyeglasses of Colin Firth

Colin Firth’s first rate ‘eyeglasses acting’

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So you saw Kingsman: The Secret Service and you decided it was awesome. And Colin Firth rocks as a gentleman spy who kicks ass while wearing posh suits and fancy eyeglasses. If that’s what brought you here… WELCOME!

Welcome, my friends, to my appreciation post for Colin Firth’s excellent acting and his natty eyewear that his roles on movies seem to favor these days. Ever since Tom Ford put him in those vintage glasses in A Single Man, it seems that he’s never without them in the movies. (He probably needs to wear them in real life, too, though.) And as a longtime fan of Mr. Firth and someone with an eyewear fetish, I thank all the costume designers in those movies where he plays characters with eyeglasses.

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Entertainment Weekly SDCC ’14 Star Portraits

Photos from Entertainment Weekly SDCC Star Portraits Gallery. Photography by Michael Muller for EW.

DAY 1

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First row: Benedict Cumberbatch; Sarah Wayne Callies; Josh Hartnett
Second row: J. August Richards; Jim Parsons; Adam West
Third row: the cast of Penguins Of Madagascar; Robert Kirkman (creator of The Walking Dead); the cast of Hannibal; the cast of Under The Dome

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DAY 2

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First row: Daniel Radcliffe; Colin Firth; Zachary Quinto; Jon Bernthal
Second row: Isaac Hempstead-Wright; Natalie Dormer; David Benioff & DB Weiss
Third row: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gwendoline Christie & Pedro Pascal; Sophie Turner, Kit Harington & Maisie Williams; Will Poulter, Dylan O’Brien & Kaya Scodelario; Freddie Highmore & Vera Farmiga
Fourth row: Samuel L. Jackson; the cast of Dominion; the cast of Outlander (incl. Graham McTavish); DC Comics’ Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, John Romita Jr, Dan DiDio, Jim Lee & Scott Snyder of DC Comics

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Top: The cast of Avengers: Age Of Ulron
First row: Robert Downey Jr.; RDJ & James Spader; Spader; Mark Ruffalo
Second row: Cobie Smulders
Third row: Hayley Atwell; Chloe Bennett; Paul Rudd; Josh Brolin
Fourth row: Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly & Corey Stoll (Ant-Man cast)
Fifth row: Janet Montgomery & Shane West; the cast of Gotham; the cast of Constantine; the cast of Arrow
Sixth row: Grant Gustin; Omar Epps; the cast of Grimm; the cast of Sleepy Hollow; Danai Gurira
Seventh row: The cast of The Walking Dead; Steven Yeun & Lauren Cohan
Eight row: Theo James & Shailene Woodley
Ninth row: George Miller, creator of Mad Max
Last: The cast of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

 

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

I watched Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy earlier this afternoon as a part of my Long Weekend Movie Marathon. I have been waiting for this movie to play in the local cinemas but, well. War Horse got cancelled even though we’d heard that it was going to be playing here (it was the reason I had to write several pages worth of original article in the last month’s issue of TFI). I didn’t hold out much hope that TTSS was going to play here, especially because I didn’t even hear rumors about it playing here.

I was afraid that the movie wasn’t going to live up to its hype but I had my doubts cleared away by the movie right from the beginning.

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The King’s Speech

I don’t know what is up with Colin Firth but he really has taken his acting to a whole new level in the past few years. I’ve always known he was a good actor because in all of his movies in the past, I’ve never seen him as Colin Firth. I’ve always seen him as… Mr. Darcy, Mark Darcy, Vermeer, Lord Henry Dashwood, Harry… all these different characters that have nothing to do with the real actor.

But then A Single Man came out and it was like he suddenly jumped to a whole new grade of acting excellence. He’s suddenly more refined, more finessed and more… just more. I can’t even explain it. He went from skilled to absolutely marvelous.

Is it because he chose better roles in better movies with better directors and better scripts? It could be.

Whatever the case may be, I have to say… it is so bloody hard to take my eyes off Mr. Firth as Bertie, or King George VI, in The King’s Speech. My eyes are trained on him all the time. He made it difficult for me to look away. I just wanted to keep looking at him, absorbing him, and never stop. I think I understand now why he’s getting all these accolades for the role: that role is not something just about anyone else can play. It hasto be Colin Firth. I tried picturing everyone from Rufus Sewell to Jason Isaacs to Daniel Craig and I failed to fit any of them in this role. If there’s anyone who could play King George VI with the stammer, it’s Colin Firth and Colin Firth only. Because even at his most stoic, Firth’s Bertie can evoke emotional responses from the audience.

Overall, the entire movie is artfully and thoughtfully crafted. It does what Never Let Me Go fails to do in terms of presentation: it doesn’t try too hard to look beautiful. Everything was ‘just right’. But as good as many aspects of the film are (including the costume and production design, art direction and set decoration, Alexander Desplat’s beautiful scores, the super fine performances of Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush), its true star is obvious.

The King’s Speech is Colin Firth’s show. It’s the one unforgettable acting masterpiece of Mr. Firth’s that everyone should see… and then applaud.