I happened to catch a delightful little flick called Hope Springs on the telly. It caught my eye while channel-surfing because of the one and only Colin Firth! I really like everything about him, especially his understated acting, giving just a hint of vulnerability to the stiff upper lip act that he puts on.
One of my faves was his Mr. Darcy in the BBC Pride and Prejudice. Initially, I didn’t quite take to him being Mr. Darcy, but he really grew on me. I can’t find the scene I remember where his acting is so superb — it’s when she is at Pemberly, and he controls the passion he feels towards Elizabeth, making small talk instead. The closest scene I could find online was this.
The way he asks after her parents twice made me laugh; the confusion and then the immediate withdrawal into a more formal expression is great! The last few moments of the clip are what I’m talking about: he manages to show his restrained ardour so well!
The added bonus to Hope Springs was that as the credits rolled, one of the songs that I really enjoy came on. I remembered the video for the seamless way in which it moves from scene to scene! And of course, Ronan Keating is so cute! Look out for that moment at 2:03 — it’s always made me chuckle 🙂 Enjoy.