2009: Year Of The Moustache

on Wednesday, December 02, 2009
With Movember at an end, I imagine the number of moustaches you see will dramatically reduce. Or will they? Apparently, moustaches are back in fashion. Certainly, Hollywood hasn't shied away from the "mo". With thanks to Fandango for all the photos, check out the following set of moustaches on offer from a selection of 2009 films.

Matt Damon in 'The Informant!'
It's the old Damon-Soderbergh one-two. Following the Ocean's films, they're back with whistleblower tale 'The Informant!' out in the UK just last week. Damon's moustache is a solid effort but no more so 5/10.

'The Men Who Stare At Goats'
Another film where the truth is stranger than fiction, this adaptation of a Jon Ronson book came out earlier in the Autumn. From the press shots it seems that George Clooney, Kevin Spacey and Ewan McGregor all go moustached in this film so just for their sheer multipilicity and effort in promoting moustaches a 7/10 all round.

Tom Hardy in 'Bronson'
Probably the most eye catching moustache on offer is from Tom Hardy's portrayal of Charles Bronson, the larger than life British criminal. As a fan of a bushy moustache with wispy ends, I'd have to give Tom a 9/10. Nice one, my son.

Kevin James in 'Mall Cop'
Although much maligned, 'Mall Cop' is another 2009 film happy to plaster its moustached leading man on marketing material. And it hardly kept the punters away, rocketing to #1 at the US box office. I'd like to think that was partly due to the upper lip slug that's on offer, which I award a 6/10.

Sharlto Copley in 'District 9'
Before 'District 9' went a bit Michael Bay in its latter half, Sharlto Copley had magnificently played a bit of an adminstrative twat. So much so that I think an Oscar nomination would be fully deserved. The combover-moustache combo played a large part in that, warranting an 8/10.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan in 'Watchmen'
A lot of people were dissatisfied with the film adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel, 'Watchmen'. I wasn't. Well, apart from the hackneyed ending. Jeffrey Dean Morgan did a good job in the film and with a bushy moustache, you might expect that I'd give him a particularly high score. But he went and messed up the middle so it's got to be a 7/10.

Brad Pitt in 'Inglourious Basterds'
'Inglourious Basterds' was a lot of fun and Brad Pitt's moustache only added to that. Could have done without the scalping and Eli Roth but more moustaches would have been most welcome. While Christoph Waltz is a frontrunner for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars, he'd surely be a shoo-in with a moustache. Anyways, Brad Pitt gets a 7/10.

John Travolta in 'The Taking Of Pelham 123'
Apparently 'The Taking Of Pelham 123' was a bit rubbish. At least, John Travolta showed some enterprise in sporting a horseshoe moustache. Like a proper pantomime villain. Thus a 9/10.

Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr in 'Sherlock Holmes'
This reimagining of Arthur Conan Doyle's intellectual detective and companion is not out in the UK until Boxing Day but more importantly, both Holmes and Watson feature moustaches. Admittedly, not particularly impressive offerings so just a 7/10 for combined effort.


So that's your lot. Unless I missed any. Do let me know if I have. And if you fancy donating to my exploits during Movember, please do here. You can even rate my moustache on there. I am now minus moustache and consequently look about 15.

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