Thirteen is the best British crime drama of the year, and it will be difficult to top. I know that is a pretty bold statement to open a review with, but I believe it wholeheartedly. And it’s not because of Richard Rankin’s magnetic presence, though he can do no wrong and he was perfection yet again (that will be in the next blog). The plot continued to twist and turn and keep me guessing, questions still swirling around my head hours after having watched it. The writing was incredible, the theme unique, the soundtrack a gift, the characters all beautifully flawed and perfectly cast. But the most impressive factor of all to me is Jodie Comer and her portrayal of the haunted Ivy Moxam.
If you haven’t watched the finale of Thirteen, look away now (in fact, GO WATCH IT NOW!). Continue reading
Recently, I was tasked to consider what qualities an actor should possess to be a leading man. Immediately, actors like Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Colin Firth sprang to mind. Then there’s even the more recent wave of actors who are making their mark in cinema in the male lead roles, i.e. Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy, and Tom Hiddleston, whose names still have the red, squiggly line underneath them. However, I thought I would look to the future to really consider who would exemplify the attributes that make up a leading man. These qualities, which I have decided upon, include but are not limited to versatility, appearance, personality, charisma, and vulnerability. One particular actor that dominates my thoughts is Richard Rankin.
Yes, I have already written a post about Mr. Rankin (An Ode to Richard Rankin) and it is still one of my more popular and widely read pieces of work, but it was written a week after I had discovered him, and it was to prove why I believe he would be the perfect choice for a particular character in Outlander. It was full of fan girlishness and the freshness of having just experienced his talent for the first time. I hope to be far more collected and formal about how much I believe him to be included in the next wave of actors to hit the big time. As of June 2015, Richard Rankin will be making his American television debut with two major works, American Odyssey on NBC and The Crimson Field on PBS, plus will be also featured on the BBC in the new series of The Syndicate.
Dear Mr. Menzies, or Tobias if you would allow me to be so informal,
For ten years, I have been seeing your film work completely unintentionally, and tonight’s episode of Outlander has left me speechless in the wake of seeing such talent. When I say I’ve seen your film work unintentionally, I mean that you have always been in the background of some of my favorite films and television shows (Finding Neverland, Casino Royale, Atonement, Any Human Heart, Doctor Who.. You know what you’ve been in so I don’t have to keep listing your incredible filmography). Or, with something like Rome or Game of Thrones, you’ve stolen the scenes you were in, and while they were great, there wasn’t really enough to truly see your abilities.
Unlike with Outlander, I don’t get to view this episode before it shows live on television. So, if my tweets seem hasty or I miss something important, that would be why. Enjoy!
The next episode is Wentworth, and I am not prepared.