January 20, 2010
Review: A Single Man
“A Single Man” opened this week after buzz for weeks about its excellence. Produced, directed and co-written by designer Tom Ford, it is a beautiful film. Some movies are clearly the vehicle for the director’s vision—Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” is a great example—and I knew to anticipate this for Ford’s first film. He succeeds on all levels, bringing us into the 60s with lush visuals that are rich with color, texture and emotion. The lingering pace makes it intimate: the camera becomes another character, narrating the story with movement, light, and close-ups. The story (co-written by the author of the novella, Christopher Isherwood) covers one day in the life of George Falconer, a gay man who has lost his partner in a tragic accident.
Colin Firth and Julianne Moore are outstanding as Falconer and his best friend Charley. Their nuanced performances reveal the complexities of love and enhance the intimacy we feel as the story unfolds. Both of them should be nominated for Academy awards, as should Ford for his directing. Go see this movie.