Monday, August 17, 2015
Anyway, this is what I enjoyed while finally watching Tom Ford's 2009 critically acclaimed A SINGLE MAN starring Colin Firth as a gay professor in the early 60's who realizes after a year of mourning his lover's death, he can't take the pain anymore and plans his day around his suicide.
It seems like it was only two, maybe three awards seasons ago that this movie was being bandied about, not five. I don't remember why I didn't see it back then, but it finally came up to bat on my Netflix queue. Julianne Moore has a great small role in this movie as George's (Firth) fabulous, dramatic old friend, whose life at the moment is also un-grounded after a divorce, and her only son off doing his own thing. I love this line when she's on the phone with George convincing him to come to dinner - “I'm dying for a dose of you”.
I'm still wavering back and forth between being impressed with the stylization of every minute detail of every scene, or feeling like it was overly affectatious. The scene in the bank, where the reflection of the neighbor girl's sky blue patent leather shoes and matching crinoline dress are seen in the waxed floor, I liked a lot. However, the owl taking flight when George is feeling less suicidal, seemed a bit much.
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...Most of the time the world he [George] sees is drained of color; but when someone unexpected engages his interest (usually someone who reveals himself to be a fellow homosexual), the screen's colors bleed into fullness.- Jeffrey Chen Reeltalk Reviews.com
Although the story is set in 1962, and the fashion and politics are weaved throughout; there's also a timeless quality about the movie, where if it were set in modern day, nothing would be lost in the translation.
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