A Single Man


It’s been a whole year I’ve been waiting to see this film. A whole year! When I began my dissertation about the film’s director Tom Ford, I was immediately doubtful that he would ever make an Oscar nominated, Bafta winning film! At the time of studying, I was discussing Ford as a fashion genius; known to his stylish followers as a God amongst the luxury brands. He was frequently recognised by his trademark touch of glamour and sex to his clothes and advertisements. Low and behold, a year later he has turned out one of the most artistic and elegant work of film I have seen in a long time.

 From the clothes to the props, the camera shots to the angles; everything is handled with elegance. He manages to brand the film with his touch, yet in a more modest and graceful way than some of his previous magazine advertisements! (It was Ford who created the YSL advert featuring a naked Sophie Dahl reclining in a very seductive pose. This was then sensationally banned after being erected onto a billboard).

 The film is based on the 1964 novel by Christopher Isherwood.  George (Colin Firth), is an English professor who after the sudden death of his partner tries to go about his typical day in LA.  Finding it difficult to cope with the grief, he routinely and fastidiously prepares for suicide and post suicide while reminiscing about his time spent with Jim (Matthew Goode).  There are encounters during the day with his fellow Brit and drama queen, Charley (Julianne Moore) and Kenny (Nicholas Hoult), a student curious about the professor beyond English class. It is a story that will tug on the heart strings of anyone who has been, or is in a long term relationship.

 The film looks stylish and I think everyone who stars in it, (even the extras) must moonlight as runway models! (Ford must have used a lot of contacts from that little black book). Fashion is not only Ford’s forte, as he really understands what Isherwood was driving at, and shows how in the sixties homosexual relationships were not taken very seriously.

 So after finally seeing the film, ‘borrowing’ the poster from work and talking non-stop to anyone about how they must go see it, I now have developed a crush on Colin Firth! It is no longer Ford who I’m obsessed with, but the man who just won Best actor at the Bafta’s for his role in this film! Now that’s a great reason to come see it. Another is that you get to see his bare bum, which I have to say ladies is quite lovely! Well done Colin, Mr Darcy is now laid to rest!

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