Tom Ford’s directorial debut is a beautiful, stream of consciousness film. Colin Firth stars as an English professor named George, who has just lost the love of his life in a tragic car accident. He must learn how to cope without his lover, and the film shows how his loss affects not only him, but his friendships, his job, and his relationships with his students and strangers.
A Single Man is extremely gorgeous. Set in 1960’s Los Angeles, the film is drenched in sun and bright colors. The costumes are amazing (unsurprisingly, considering Ford is an iconic designer), and the cinematography is clean and simple.
Colin Firth is marvelous as George. You can see the pain and suffering etched on his face, and you can see the fake smile he puts on for society. Seeing him crack emotionally is heart-wrenching, and his chemistry with his co-stars is impeccable. Julianne Moore is fabulous as his best friend Charley, Matthew Goode stuns as his lost love Jim, and Nicholas Hoult captivates in his role as one of George’s students.
Some viewers will be put off by the stream of consciousness air of the film, but I personally adored it. I was invested in every one of the characters and their lives. A Single Man features amazing acting, stunning cinematography, beautiful costumes, and a rich story.
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