Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Single Man (2009)

A so-so film with a great lead performance by Colin Firth. I loved him in this. He plays an elegant English professor in the early 1960s who has lost his lover in a car-crash, and now wants to kill himself. It follows him during the course of one day, and there are lots of hazy, over-directed flashbacks. The single day premise seems contrived, and it is. The best sequence is his dinner with Charly, a boozy divorcee played by Julianne Moore. They have a long history together and it shows. I can almost imagine expanding this dinner sequence into one long two-character play. I would pay to see this but it would have to be Julianne Moore and Colin Firth on stage in their wardrobe from the movie. The rest of the movie is just okay, although incredibly stylish at every turn. It was directed by Tom Ford, the fashion designer.

Here's a picture of Firth and Moore below. Their look is incredible, as is everything in this movie. In fact, the whole thing starts to feel a little fetishized and I think that's part of the problem.

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