A Single Man—Movie

What to make of A Single Man? Based on a novel by Christopher Isherwood, screenplay by designer Tom Ford and David Scearce and directed by Ford, this movie is extremely well-acted by Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, but ultimately falls short.  Firth plays a professor in the early 60s mourning the unexpected death of his longtime lover (Matthew Goode). Most of the “action” takes place in one very long day, as the Firth character contemplates whether or not his life is worth living without romantic, intense love in it. He goes through the motions of his day, including an emotional scene with his long-time, now platonic friend, Charley, brilliantly played by Moore, but suicide is always in the back of his mind. The movie is beautifully shot as one might expect from first-time director Ford, but basically that is all one has…one beautiful shot after another. Firth, a completely underrated actor, does a masterful job in conveying grief, longing, desperation and ambivalence, but he is done in by the screenplay…a screenplay missing something. You’re left with “This is it? This is what this is all about?” feeling and that’s not a good way to leave a movie theater.

2 ½ nuggets out of 4

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