>I did not do it on purpose, but I happened to rent two recent movies starring Colin Firth this weekend. I’ve been meaning to write about this for some time, but I kept allowing life to interfere with my blogging. 😉
As many of you probably know, I’ve had a crush on Colin Firth since Pride and – nay, since he played older Colin in the Hallmark version of The Secret Garden.
And of course, I just happened to rent his two movies from 2009 – Dorian Gray and A Single Man – on the same weekend. Not intentionally, of course, but I had checked out A Single Man from the library, and lo and behold, Netflix delivered Dorian Gray into my hot little hands (not the man, the movie).
Steve said that he wanted no part of ASM because it “looked depressing,” so I watched it by myself. I had no idea what it was about, just that it was an Oscar-nominated performance. After a few minutes, I was completely hooked into the story. Loss and grief, portrayed against the backdrop of an incredible taboo of a time of fear and paranoia. Basically, Colin Firth loses his long-term partner to a car crash, and it is his story of how he sees the world differently with the absence of his partner weighing on his every action. It is set during the Cuban missile crisis, and the political temperature plays heavily into the story. Colin Firth was brilliant, as was Julianne Moore as his best friend.
All in all, A Single Man A++
Dorian Gray B-