February 20, 2010

A Single Man

Fashion designer Tom Ford's directorial debut in A Single Man is triumph in artistic beauty. I agree with my friend Tom who said that "It's like seeing a Gucci ad". The film is impeccably shot in sepia hues very fitting of the period. He also used a lot of detail shots such as hand close ups, a cigarette lighting, close ups of a tie or a briefcase which make it seem like you're viewing snapshots of a certain period. It's very artfully done and does bring the audience back in time.

The movie is about an English professor, George Falconer (Colin Firth) trying to cope with the death of his partner of 16 years, Jim (Matthew Goode). It happens on a single day when George finally contemplates suicide. The movie follows him that day as he spends his time with his class, his neighbor, his best friend Charley (Julianne Moore) and his student Kenny (Nicholas Hoult). One of my favorite scenes is when he fastidiously prepares for his suicide. It's very meticulous and the detail with which it was shot made me feel I was witnessing something right there in front of me which I should stop. It's very real and made me as an audience more anxious as to what would happen next. It's great story telling.

Colin Firth was outstanding in his very understated performance. You could feel his grief and hopelessness as more aspects of his day unfolds. Juliane Moore was also remarkable as a friend who is in love with George. Although her role here reminded me of her role in Boogie Nights. Matthew Goode and Nicholas Hoult (who by the way, has changed so much from when he was in About A Boy) were also excellent.

Although the movie does have a heavy subject matter, I quite enjoyed it and thought that it was well made and artistically filmed. It's movie that makes you think or at least discuss it with friends afterwards for it does linger in your mind.

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