Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Light the Way, Olivia Colman

Olivia Colman's acting ascendancy has been one of the brightest truest bright-spots from the past few years -- to be reminded that genuine talent can be appreciated, sought out, and rewarded in its day... well sometimes the world feels empty, vacuous I mean, and she makes the world seem a little less so; bless her for it. (Relatedly I'd be totally fine with her winning another Oscar for The Father, in which she is once again tremendously good -- here's my review of that movie.) So anyway I'm happy to report she's got another good-sounding project lining up today -- Sam Mendes wrote the script and will direct the movie, called Empire of Light, which Deadline says "is [a] love story, set in and around a beautiful old cinema, on the South Coast of England in the 1980s." I'm glad he's making something small and character-based -- I enjoyed 1917 just fine, but I think Mendes thrives a bit better with character than he does with spectacle, and with Olivia Colman in the lead he's already won 98% of that battle. Oh and Deadline is saying that Roger Deakins will be shooting the film, so there's the other 2% right there.


MTMSLG said...

Colman is so terrific in The Father, I may forgive her for stealing Glenn Close's Oscar for The Wife. Sure, sure, I loved The Favourite too, but c'mon, did you see The Wife? Anyhoo, Colman was amazing in The Father. Anthony Hopkins is a god among actors. However, without the support from Colman, I'm not sure it would have resonated with me as it did. The Father will haunt you.

Anonymous said...

Colman in supporting is a joke. Great performance but category fraud for sure.

dre said...

Is it bad that I STILL see her as Sophie?