The great one arrives today at sixty Hugh Grant, absolute protagonist in the 90s of the thriving season of comedy English romantic. Yet reducing the actor’s career to this genre alone would be erroneous: for example, Grant has also made numerous and important period films based on the great English writers. Or he went on excursions in genres like the thriller, the noir o la science fiction. To understand his eclecticism, it is enough to enjoy his latest effort The Gentlemen, directed with ease from Guy Ritchie. In short, it was not easy to decide which ones film in streaming were the most suitable to define the career of Hugh Grant, the undisputed icon of an era of cinema in which kindness, elegance and the usual touch of English humor have warmed the hearts and souls of millions of spectators around the world .
Five streaming films to celebrate Hugh Grant’s 60th birthday
- What remains of the day
- Four weddings and a funeral
- Reason and sentiment
- Notting Hill
- About a Boy
What remains of the day (1993)
Although less celebrated than other films directed by James Ivory, What remains of the day in our opinion it is his masterpiece. First of all because the story – inspired by the novel of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguro – gives us two protagonists whose emotions are palpable, powerful under the director’s as always flawless packaging. Hugh Grant – who had already achieved the touching with Ivory Maurice in 1987 – participates in it with a small but significant role. His duet with Sir is memorable Anthony Hopkins, here at the height of his acting career. A simply beautiful film. Available on Rakuten TV, Chili, Google Play, Apple Itunes.
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
The cult movie that launched Hugh Grant’s career was a milestone in the 1990s. From the superfine pen of Richard Curtis and from the elegant eye of Mike Newell a choral comedy where all the best and worst of being English is staged with love and a pinch of vitriol. The serial love story between the flirtatious Grant and a joyful one Andie McDowell it is marked by moments of hilarity alternating with others of great romanticism. Oscar nomination for Four weddings and a funeral, Golden Globe for Grant. A classic. Available on Apple Itunes, NOW TV.
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
A cinematic “hybrid” capable of releasing strong emotions and great, great cinema. Strongly wanted by Emma Thompson (Oscar for adaptation from Jane Austen), directed with superfine class by Lee, Reason and sentiment it possesses the composure of the classical adaptation but also the modernity of a careful reinterpretation of the psychology of almost contemporary figures. The duets between Grant and Thompson are memorable, as well as the other capital test of Kate Winslet, just launched by Creatures of the sky of Peter Jackson. Gentle and intimate film, to see and review.Available on Rakuten TV, Apple Itunes, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video.
Notting Hill (1999)
Better admit it right away: we have a soft spot for Notting Hill. It may be mushy, maybe even sugary, but when it comes to romance this film is unparalleled. The idea of overturning Cinderella’s topos and making of Julia Roberts the prince charming, and Grant’s the “poor” damsel, is nothing short of effective. Plus there are some honestly laughable scenes, like the legendary interview for “Horses and Hounds”. Hugh and Julia are at their mainstream best, and this makes the film a true cult-movie. Unmissable. Available on Rakuten TV, Chili, Google Play, Apple Itunes, Netflix, TIMVIsion, Amazon Prime Video.
About a Boy (2002)
Small but significant step forward in Grant’s career: the adaptation from the novel by Nick Hornby offers the actor a decidedly less lovable character than his usual ones, and he pays off with a very high quality proof. About a Boy it’s a drama about loneliness disguised as a comedy, and that’s why it works in every way. The alchemy between the protagonist and the then very young Nicholas Hoult it’s crazy, as is the support of the always very effective Toni Collette. An intense, moving, delicate film in dealing with very serious issues. Excellent cinema of feelings. Available on Google Play, Apple Itunes, Netflix, TIMVIsion.
Another feature film that you probably wanted to see in our five is the ensemble comedy Love Actually, but ultimately our love for Notting Hill prevailed. So what’s your favorite Hugh Grant film? We think What remains of the day is unrivaled, but perhaps you are more inclined to romantic comedy …