British actor Colin Firth has made a lot of films and done his share of television during his career; I haven’t seen everything he’s done, but I’ve seen enough to know that I like his work very much, and consider him my favorite actor, and a very nice looking one, too.
Of all the roles Firth has to his credit, the following are my picks as the best Colin Firth movies:
The Importance of Being Earnest. This Oscar Wilde tale gives Firth the chance to show off his comic ability, without being over the top, and he even gets the chance to sing a bit. Reese Witherspoon and Rupert Everett shine as John Worthing’s charge and “adopted brother” but the spotlight still belongs to Firth.
Love Actually. This movie gives Colin Firth another chance to play on the lighter side of life as the slightly insecure writer Jaime. Jumping into the lake to retrieve the pages of his novel, his sign language conversation with Aurelia about that novel, and then his proposal to Aurelia, in very broken newly-learned Portuguese are wonderful scenes that make him endearing.
What a Girl Wants. The character Henry Dashwood once again allows Colin Firth to be a comedian without taking it too far. The struggle between what he thinks he wants and what he really wants is well played and very believable. Firth in leather pants strutting his stuff in front of the mirror proves that he is the best man for the job.
Bridget Jones’s Diary. Six years after playing Jane Austen’s Darcy, Firth took on the name again and played it mostly straight opposite Renee Zellweger and Hugh Grant. Long-suffering but patient Mark Darcy was another well-suited role for Colin Firth, who does haughty very well.
Mamma Mia! In this musical, built around the songs of ABBA, Colin Firth got to sing, dance, and ham it up, and he carried it off brilliantly. He may not be the best singer, but it doesn’t really matter, because this is ABBA music, which is so catchy and fun, you almost totally drown out the voices of the actors with your own singing. At least that’s the way it goes when I watch.
When Did You Last See Your Father? There was nothing comedic about this movie, in which Firth plays a man dealing with the death of his father. His performance is touching, but most of all real, proving that he’s as versatile as he is good looking.
What’s the best Colin Firth television appearance in my book?
Pride and Prejudice. Colin Firth was born to be Mr. Darcy. His portrayal of Jane Austen’s leading man had just the right amount of haughtiness and arrogance on meeting Elizabeth, and the perfect amount of angst when he could no longer ignore her beauty and pleasing disposition.
When Darcy watches Elizabeth from across the room as she’s playing the pianoforte with Georgiana, Firth’s eyes could burn a hole in you, and you know that under that calm, aloof demeanor is a very passionate man.
Mr. Darcy is one of the, if not the, sexiest men in classic literature, and Colin Firth’s version of him would have made Jane Austen proud.
Obviously I’m a really big Colin Firth fan, so my favorite Colin Firth movies are based on the merits of the actor, rather than the merits of the movie.