Colin Farrell, I belatedly salute you! (and I want to see 'Ondine')

I was never much of a Colin Farrell fan when he was a generic action-film star, with all those icky tabloid stories to boot. And his Alexander wasn’t going to set him up for any lifetime achievement awards. But I’ve really been impressed by him in several recent roles – starting with the overlooked brilliance of In Bruges. He was a great charmer as one of the Heath Ledger fill-ins in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and as I’ve already written, he was perfect as the pretty boy new-country crooner in Crazy Heart. I’m feeling guilty that I ever doubted him.

Up next is Ondine, which has signs of greatness: It’s a modern-day fairytale/romance/drama directed by the great Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Michael Collins), and Farrell gets to use his own Irish accent. I’m equally excited for him to play another Irishman, with Cillian Murphy, in the forthcoming At Swim, Two Birds.

Who else wants to see Ondine? Anyone else had a change of heart about Mr. Farrell over the years?

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  • E.

    He’s also wonderful in Terrence Malick’s very underrated The New World. He had a rough patch of stupid action roles, yes, but he’s been really going for interesting parts the past few years, and hitting them all out of the park.

    • Madd

      Agreed, The New World was the movie that made me like him as an actor. He was good in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, and excellent in In Bruges.

    • anonymous

      I definitely agree. I saw The New World a week or two ago and I thought Colin Farrel was fantastic. Also agree about In Bruges, which I just watched this morning. He really impressed me in these two roles.

  • clynngo

    I’ve been a fan of Colin Farrell for years. Yeah, he’s not so great in movies like SWAT or Alexander, but he was excellent in Phonebooth and the Recruit. His recent films just reinforce his acting chops.

    • Sarah D

      Am I the only person on the planet who really enjoyed SWAT?

      • Susan

        umm…no. I love that movie. I watch it every time it is on cable.

      • Mells

        I own dvds of both S.W.A.T. and The Recruit. I love escapist action movies and these 2 Colin Farrell movies are great. I also enjoyed Phonebooth and found him excellent in that too.

      • Mells

        I also loved him in Minority Report as well as enjoyed him in Hart’s War and Tigerland. He had the best charachter in Daredevil too.

      • Jennifer

        No Sarah you are not alone. I liked it well enough, but my husband (who normally doesn’t like many movies) was a big fan of SWAT.

      • nich

        I loved SWAT. I own it on dvd.

  • Steph

    I kind of hated him until In Bruges, and even though it was overlooked, he still won the Golden Globe for it, and deservedly. And even though I didn’t care for Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream, Farrell was good in it. I also love his cameo on Scrubs. So I’m definitely willing to start watching his movies again, just as long as he promises not to do another movie like Alexander.

  • mj

    This looks amazing. Colin Ferrell’s work has always been great. His exploits are fine by me, just as other “stars” were from the 30s on. If people would just concentrate on his work, he’d finally get the credit he deserves.

  • Kurt

    He had a bit of a rough patch, but I think he has, since In Bruges, started to fulfill a bit of the promise he showed in his earlier films like Tigerland and Terrence Malick’s underrated The New World.

  • matthew Trevor

    Mr. Farrell has been a fantastic actor for years. I assume you have not seen Tigerland or you would have been aware of this.

  • ia

    I definitely want to see “ONDINE.” Colin Farrell has “blossomed” into a wonderful actor. And I’ve always been a fan of NEIL JORDAN. STEPHEN RHEA is playing the priest. He was in JORDAN’s “THE CRYING GAME.” And this story is like a continuation of JOHN SAYLES film about selkies in SAYLES’ great film “THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH.” I recommend everyone see SAYLES’ film first (it’s on DVD) before seeing “ONDINE.” You’ll get a taste about the selkies’ legend & then you’l want to see “ONDINE.” I can’t wait for “ONDINE.” Crossing my fingers my local theatre will get it.

  • kevin

    Don’t forget his performance in the film Tigerland. The first film to introduce him to America. He was great in it.

  • Via

    Ondine looks promising, I’m sure I’ll see it. And you are not alone when it comes to doubting Mr. Farrell. I too saw In Bruges and had a change of heart – he was great in it. Seeing this trailer with Colin in a confessional is actually giving me deja vu. Sometimes I feel like certain actors are able to give better performances when their not worrying about keeping up an accent, i.e CF and Ewan McGregor. This is not scientific of course, just an observation.

  • katy

    Change of heart? He’s always been a brilliant actor, from Tigerland on! He even gave Daredevil a pulse.

  • Elizabeth

    No, I liked SWAT too…

  • Madd

    I’m a big Neil Jordan fan, so I’ll probably end up seeing this. Was that Stephan Rea as the priest?

  • Maddi

    Bah, let’s not lie, I even liked him in Alexander. This movie looks wonderful.

  • RJP

    I think he’s hot….and he’s got a big one too. i saw his home videos…

  • Denny

    Tigerland and Minority Report were good. Then he had a bad run when Hollywood tried to make him a huge movie star. However, from In Bruges on, his character actor work has been consistently good, which makes me remember why I liked his work in the first place. He even went toe to toe with Ed Norton, and the two of them gave the otherwise dreadfully cliche and passe Pride and Glory some dramatic tension.

    • llevinso

      Yeah, I think that was his problem. He started out great and showed he really had the talent but then he got wrapped up in the Hollywood new HOT guy thing. He started taking on crappy roles and he wasn’t really doing anything worth while. Now he seems to be back on track.

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