Slumdog Millionaire breakout hit of the Toronto International Film Festival. And Colin had Toronto eating out of his hand at the TIFF premiere for "The King's Speech".
Colin Firth has seduced Toronto and it's film critics. I was in the big city for a wedding on Sept 10 and all the papers were atwitter with Colin Firth and his 50th birthday celebrations in Toronto during the festival. There were some rather humourous comparisons of his career and that of Hugh Grant who turned 50 the day before, on Sept 9. Colin's Oscar nomination for A Single Man last year and now more Oscar buzz for The King's Speech are making Hugh's recent career choices look bad. And Colin himself, as well as his career, is looking great especially after being touched by the Tom Ford style magic last year which now makes him look perfectly turned out for every premiere. Colin responded to being asked about his Bridget Jones nemesis with the statement : "I'm still younger than that old bugger!"
And then there is Hugh Grant, a perpetual Peter Pan, who has now actually turned into his character from About a Boy. Really, could they have cast that role any better? But that film was from 2002. Now his latest offering of Did You Hear About the Morgans? stunk so badly you can still smell it from here in Waterloo. He used to do Rom/Com brilliantly but perhaps his heart isn't in it anymore. I hope Hugh Grant's best work is not behind him, but he really seems to be on autopilot. Even the enjoyable Music and Lyrics from 2007 didn't quite have the energy it could have (although the dancing was hilarious).
Helena Bonham Carter, who although not my fave actress is getting good reviews for her Elizabeth. Actually I have to say that her film Lady Jane from 1986 with Carey Elwes (Westley from Princess Bride) is well worth watching if you can find it. Her Lady Jane Grey will break your heart.
And Geoffrey Rush is cast as the Australian speech therapist who uses some unorthodox methods to achieve his wonderful results helping lifelong stutterers. His wife is portrayed by Jennifer Ehle, whom I am dying to see on the screen with her co-star from Pride and Prejudice. I mean, not only did they do the best ever screen portrayal of Lizzy and Darcy, but they had a little fling of their own during filming. Surely this was responsible for that amazing on screen chemistry. In any case, you know where I will be on the weekend of 10 Dec. Anyone else excited about this one?