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Get ready for an an award winning film. First time director Tom Ford’s film A Single Man is a refreshing reminder of what going to the theaters should be like. Surprising, heart-warming, depressing, thought-provoking and above all interesting. The film is as beautiful on the surface as it is touching at its core. Not to be confused with the Cohen Brother’s A Serious Man (which is a very different, and good film), A Single Man is a story about a teacher in the 60’s who loses his lover in an accident and is left in a world that he no longer wishes to be a part of. Lets take a look…

The Players:

The Good:

  • The Visuals: The literally pop off the screen, set the tone and enliven the audiences senses. From the use of dramatic colors to black and whites, the color palate, the lighting, the costumes, everything that went into the overall look was risky, bold, and completely awe-inspiring.
  • Colin Firth: The man can communicate so much with so little. Although he can, and does, go big and dramatic at times, it’s the small moments that make this performance one of the best I’ve seen all year. From the twitch of a pinky to the a small nod, he is able to covey an array of emotions in such a simple and effective way. This is truly one of his best performances to date.
  • Supporting Cast: I could list every actor in this film, they were all amazing. Nicholas Hoult, Matthew Goode, and the stunning Julianne Moore all gave performances that were full of life, love, and pain. Every single one of them stood out in their own way, in their own moment, and hopefully none of their efforts will be soon forgotten come Award Season.
  • The Script: The story plays with cliches but manages to avoid them in an interesting way. You know what’s coming (kind of) but you don’t really care because it’s not about the end result it’s about how you get there and all the interesting things that happen along the way that may or may not knock you our main character off course.
  • The Humor: The film could easily have been quite dreary and depressing, but luckily Ford managed to find some the lighter moments in the midst of the drama and thereby giving the audience a chance to breath or even laugh during some of the darkest moments.
  • The Layers: The characters in the film, although larger than life, acted and responded like real people, with real pasts, who have decades of background behind them and in doing so, it made the audience feel as if we were simply peaking in to their lives for a moment. With the careful mixture of humor, brilliant acting and amazing script, this is one of the most layered and interesting films of the year.
  • Topic of Homosexuality: I love a film about gay men that is un-apologetically gay and despite it being a main topic in the film it doesn’t define it. The film is about two gay lovers but that’s just something about it, there is SO much more to take in and I think this film is a real step forward in how homosexual love stories should be treated in film – like they belong.
  • Directing: From the choice of casting to the subtle camera movements, there were a number of amazing decisions made in this film, especially for a first time director. When making a film, so much can go wrong, it’s so refreshing to see it all go right.

The Bad:

  • It’s a bit too “artsy” for some but I didn’t have a problem with it. Overall I thought it was brilliantly well made with a number of great decisions by a first time director.

Rating: 9.5/10

Overall:

It’s a beautiful smart film, well acted from start to finish, that comes together perfectly and leaves you entranced. Basically… go see it!

Trailer:

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