In Woody Allen's latest Magic in the Moonlight Colin Firth plays a character that is a variation on a familiar theme for him: an uptight blowhard, who is often softened by the end of the movie, often by his love for a heroine. This time he plays Stanley, a magician who sets out to prove that Sophie (Emma Stone), an American medium, is a fraud. Though he has little respect for her he, yes, ends up realizing that he really loves her.
This type of character has been Firth's wheelhouse for years now, and that's not to say he's not good at it. "Firth does his usual Firthy thing to good effect," Richard Lawson wrote in his review of the film for Vanity Fair. "I worry he’s tired of doing all that stiff blustering, but he’s awfully good at it, so if he wants to keep doing it, I’m willing to watch." At The Wrap, Inkoo Kang explained: "Colin Firth lends his considerable crumpet-up-the-bum charisma to his character Stanley."
Of course he doesn't always play the exact same character. Sometimes these men are truly snobs. Sometimes they are just awkward. Sometimes they never get over their terribleness. But many have that trademark blustering that turns into genuine emotion. Here are some of Firth's most Firth-y roles.