If you haven’t been to see A Single Man, I implore you to seek out the nearest theater where it is playing and indulge yourself. I went last weekend with a group of people to see it at The Tampa Theatre, and was so completely impressed. Tom Ford is the director, so of course, almost every aspect of the film is flawless in design and symmetry.
Colin Firth plays the lead role, of a 1960s gay college professor whose lover has just recently passed away in an automobile accident. Julianne Moore is opposite him, as his best friend and confidant. Both are fantastic in their respective roles…but that is to be expected from such well-known and revered actors.
The part that truly captivated my attention was the beautiful aesthetic value of the film. The colors and tints were tasteful and successful in evoking the mood of Southern California in the 1960s. The outfits of the characters were impeccable (likely executed by Ford himself), as were the sets. In the film, Firth lives in a modern glass and wood house adjacent to Moore’s house, which is more typical of that region…white walls, gold accents, and a myriad of open-air spaces.
Aside from appearances, the story is thought-provoking as well. My mom saw the movie this weekend, and said that it felt genuinely reflective of the real-world experience of suddenly losing a lover and life partner. In a way, it could be easily seen as melancholy. In my opinion, it was equal amounts dark and light…as there are minor ques in the movie that provide hope and positive energy.
Bravo to Mr. Ford for making such a beautiful freshman film, which lifted my weekend more than he could imagine. See the movie and tell me what you think.