Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wendy's Films of 2010 #46: A Single Man (2009)

I think that perhaps all designers should create films, especially if they end up being as good as this one. Tom Ford's first and only film to date is wonderful. The visual style is gorgeous, with every shot thoroughly thought through to the smallest detail, like the indents on someone's arm from an object that has supposedly been sitting there for hours. The costumes, of course, were amazing. Everything was stunning, but not in an irritating, pristine kind of way.

One of my first thoughts after watching it was my appreciation of it being a film about a gay man, that doesn't make the fact that he's gay the main focus of the narrative. Instead, it focuses on his emotions, his life, his difficulty in dealing with the loss of a loved one. I wish more films encouraged the idea that being gay isn't the most important thing about a person and his or her life, it just happens to be one aspect of a full and varied individual. Colin Firth's performance is the icing on the cake; his ability to create a character that is not only experiencing an incredible loss, but is also so layered and human, is stunning. I felt like I knew his character George as if he were a real human being. I think this is why his performance was nominated, and perhaps should have even won best actor at this year's Oscars. The rest of the cast: Julianne Moore, Nicholas Hoult, Matthew Goode and Jon Kortajarena, were superb . Definitely check this one out.

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