The debut feature by designer Tom Ford is set in L.A. c.1962. Professor George Falconer, is struggling after the recent death of his long time partner. The series of events and encounters occurring over a single day will ultimately lead him to decide if there is a future for him in this world.
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Tom Ford has delivered a stylish motion picture work in which we drown in the beautiful pictures at the same time as we suffer with its characters. If love is what we live for, how dull becomes our existence if we loose it?
When your mother tells you perfection doesn't exist, you believe her. Well, maybe you shouldn't. A Single Man has the power to be an american classic ten years from now. It fully respects Christopher Isherwood and it awakens Colin Firth from the dead.
"A few times in my life I've had moments of absolute clarity, when for a few brief seconds the silence drowns out the noise and I can feel rather than think, and things seem so sharp. And the world seems so fresh as though it had all just come into existence. I can never make these moments last. I cling to them, but like everything, they fade." A devastating, and also poetic at some points, movie. It suffocates you.
This movie is closer to perfection than anything I've seen in recent years.
It's so visually appealing (the saturated colors in things/situations that George considerers beautiful in the bluntness of his daily routine; the sets; the clothes...); with two amazing performances by Firth and Moore plus a great supporting cast; a masterful score; a strong message; and a perfect ending.
Would have rated it 6, if I could.
A Single Man is so stylistically magnificent that at points its unbearable. Tom Ford's use of color to express mood was superb and the acting was incredible. My only gripe was the last 20 minutes that were just oddly-vibed and the ending I wasn't incredibly fond of. A very well-made movie...
Beautiful imagery and emotional resonance make this film well worth watching. Colin Firth gives the performance of his career and arguably of last year. I enjoyed the fact that homosexuality wasn't the sole focus of this character, but rather, a facet of a much more complex character.
Raises the platitude to peak palatability. An extension of the world of the beautifully-designed showroom, where talent & creativity are tasked only with passing off as novel what's really more of the same. (It even had me trying to sell it to myself, like: Maybe it's just all so hollow to show how *he's* become hollow...?) An aesthetically elevated tribute to the trite. And to the willing consumer in of all of us.