Review: A Single Man

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The Pitch: Colin Firth is an English professor dealing with life after death (not his own, of course).

The Review: Long have I been haunted by the memory of my mother and her infatuation with a dripping wet Mr Darcy emerging from a lake in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. It felt that Colin Firth would forever be stuck in Bridget Jones and St Trinians sequels in an attempt to remove that memory, but here is finally something for him to get his teeth into.

In a career best performance, Firth conveys huge amounts of emotion with the most subtle of facial gestures. He runs the full gamut of emotions over the course of an eventful day, although it is the flashbacks which most truly allow him to flex his acting muscles.

Support is stong from Julianne Moore and Nicholas Hoult, but the other main focus is first time director Tom Ford, whose fashion background shows through clearly in the attention to shot construction and composition, and in the subtle and effective use of colour and contrast to illustrate the changes in Firth’s character’s moods. A memorable experience, if not the most lasting of impressions.

Why see it in the cinema: To experience up close the full subtleties and nuances of Firth’s compelling performance.

The Score: 8/10

2 thoughts on “Review: A Single Man

    marcys said:
    April 29, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    I found this movie insufferably boring. I hope we don’t have wildly different taste, because I like what you’re doing here with your reviews. Good luck with it (seems to be a relatively new blog).

      movieevangelist responded:
      April 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm

      I’m hoping to post a page up over the next day or so with just the ratings for everything I’ve seen in the past three years – should give people reading this a good indicator. I do like a good mix of Hollywood blockbusters and more art house films, but I guess only time will tell. Anyway, thanks for reading!

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