A Single Man
Adopted from a 1964 novel of the same name, the film follows a day in the life of George Falconer (Colin Firth), a British college professor reeling with the recent and sudden loss of his longtime parter. This traumatic event makes George challenge his own will to live as he seeks the console of close friend Charley (Juliane Moore) who is struggling with her own questions about life.
Colin Firth shines in this as a buttoned-down English professor trying to maintain a veneer of composure whilst slowly losing his battle against an immense heartbreak. Firth is always brilliant in this type of role, the loveably stiff Englishman wrestling with his emotions, and this extremely gentle, on-the-verge-of-giving-up incarnation is no exception.
And it's lucky having someone the calibre of the Firth as the lead, because a lesser actor would have been totally outshone by the sets and costumes. Every single scene in this is manicured to such a fetishistic degree that it feels like you're watching a moving GQ editorial rather than something actually set in the 1960's. And while at the start I found this very distracting (where…
Most of us have experienced heartbreak in one form or another. If you haven't... count yourself lucky, because it's the worst. A Single Man is a tender portrait of a lovable gay professor who has lost the love of his life and is contemplating whether or not to give up. He's extremely organized and meticulous in his planning of his final day on earth, but he gets a lot of unexpected surprises and is still able to find pleasure in living.
I can't find a single fault with the film's unique visuals. It all feels stylish and fresh, even though it's a period piece set in the 1960's. With Tom Ford directing, it should come as no surprise that the…
If ever a film was tailor-made for Colin Firth's on-onscreen persona, it's this one. And boy oh boy, does he ever ace it. But then, could he possibly do otherwise?
Firth is brilliant as George Falconer, a middle aged professor who has lost his lover of 16 years [Matthew Goode, full of life and beauty in the flashback scenes]. Driven to despair by his loneliness and grief, George decides to kill himself. The film follows him through what he has planned to be his last day on earth. As his last day proceeds, George begins to notice the loveliness around him and finds connection with a student and with a street hustler.
George struggles with presenting the perfect front above…
A Single Man chronicles one day in the life of George, a homosexual professor in the 60's who's just lost his love of 16 years.
We follow him on the one day he decides will be different, and throughout the film we learn why, while the events that unfold makes the day take a different spin then what George originally intended.
It's a mournful piece of cinema as we see the world through George's eyes; in the beginning a grey, joyless endeavor, but as George sees things he likes, have conversations he enjoys or feels lust towards people he meets, the color palette changes into different shades of red. It's a subtle technique used…
For the first time in my life I can't see my future. Everyday goes by in a haze, but today I have decided will be different.
Fashion designer Tom Ford's directorial, producing and screen writing debut, a self-financed adaptation of Christopher Isherwood's novel of the same name, is incredibly impressive. It's not to say that he did everything himself, but he certainly picked the right people to make this film a reality.
Colin Firth is brilliant as George Falconer, a gay man dealing with the loss of his partner of 16 years and the only person he's ever truly been in love with. The film deals with the day George has decided things will change after struggling for…
Even though around the world Ford is famous for his designs in clothes, one takes a moment to realize the magnificent artistry he brings to the scenes and eventually to the entire film.
I wouldn't go to the extent of calling this film flawless because very few works have the credibility and few people can actually call a movie flawless, but i will call it near perfect.
Colin Firth delivers in a very wonderful and unexpected performance. I never pictured him playing a successful contemporary roles, and was satisfied with his performances in period classics and his role in 'Love Actually'. This role and his performance, without a doubt has established Firth as a force to reckon with, with pitch…
More than anything, this just makes me want to read the book again. The performances are great and I like the concept of some of the director's stylistic choices (like the color going in and out depending on the mood) but in execution and mixed with the other extreme stylization happening in the film, it all seemed a bit much and started to overshadow everything after a certain point. It is a simple story, it doesn't necessarily need all these bells and whistles.
Interesting character piece, the character is very well thought through and fleshed out. I really liked the color changes based on his mood or reactions. It was hard for me to relate to it, so that's the one thing that kept me from really enjoying it.
Very well performed drama. The end: really? That's the way you're going to leave it?
A gay professor still grieving the death of his companion has decided to end it all. Before doing so he must get everything in order and get through the day before carrying out his plan. As the day goes by he keeps bumping into people that make him realize that his life is not that bad. Worth watching for an amazing performance by Colin Firth.
The use of color in this film is absolutely stunning. No idea why I waited so long to watch it.
I truly love this movie. Everything about it is amazing. The soundtrack, the costume and makeup design (it is Tom Ford after all), the cinematography, the actors, the script, the themes... everything. I actually forget I love this movie until I watch it again and then tell myself to watch it more.
A deeply engrossing and moving film about depression and suicide. Colin Firth's best performance.
As soon as I finished watching this, I thought it was magnificent. Then I immediately put the fact that this was incredibly well executed against the fact that the story felt overbearing and stupidly melodramatic, and concluded that this film was pretentious. Although I did feel for the characters, so it did technically succeed in my view.
This is one of the worst things a thing can be, sadly. As I said though, it is superficially stunning: Firth and Moore act terrifically, the former as a haunted English homosexual, the latter a depressed English (?) nostalgic; Ford's use of tone and colour is luxurious; and some of the shots and music are fucking graceful. So yeah, lovely but forced