Monday, July 16, 2012

Tuesday Movie: A Single Man

A Single Man came out in 2009.  I just saw it last week, alone without popcorn or any sort of candy, which is maybe why I feel so on the fence about this film.  This is a movie you need to see with someone and then discuss it.  My husband fell asleep about twenty minutes in. So, this film is Tom Ford's directorial debut.  Tom Ford is a clothing designer and he has made a very artistic film.  I may even go so far as to say it's artsy fartsy.  In my opinion, it tries just a tad too much to be art instead of just telling the story of George, a gay man in the 60's whose partner of 16 years was killed in a car accident. This film is the day in the life of George, a British college professor who is contemplating suicide. What I found particularly sad is that George wasn't invited to his partner's funeral.  I can't imagine this and I wanted him to fight for that, but that's not what this movie was about. Colin Firth plays George and he is terrific in the film, but everyone else just seemed like set dressing. Okay, Julianne Moore was good too, but she's good in everything.  She's like the poor man's Meryl Streep.  I'm lying.  I just said that because it sounded funny.  She was miscast in the Jurassic Park film that my son is enamored with.

This film is book-ended by death, although it's not graphic.  It's stylized death.

Have you seen it?  What did you think?

8 comments:

  1. I hadn't even heard of this movie but how you have me interested in it. I always like Colin Firth. But the idea of George not being invited to his partner's funeral is so distressing and maddening, I can't imagine it but sadly I suppose it has been the reality for some people. Very sad.

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  2. I've never heard of this movie either, but I like what you said here: "In my opinion, it tries just a tad too much to be art instead of just telling the story of George." I'll remember that as I write my next story. Thanks for the tip. :)

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    1. I don't have anything against art, but sometimes I look at something and think, why did they do that when it would have been stronger told without all the bells and whistles? As far as writing, one time my 11 year old daughter said, "This author uses way too much figurative language. It's like she's trying too hard." I agree.

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    2. I haven't heard of the movie before. It sounds like a touching movie. It's a shame they left the art overshadow the character, though.

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  3. I fall in the fan category. I loved the visuals -- the houses, cars, clothes -- and I'm a huge fan of both main actors. I actually liked how it was so centered on Firth's character and his internal conflicts.

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    1. Well, his house was awesome:) Also, I am still confused about the ending and what happened with the young man.

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    2. **Movie spoiler alert!! The young man stayed because he knew George was contemplating suicide, but nothing happened between them. Then, the twist was that George died from a heart attack.

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    3. See, I didn't get that the guy knew. I felt like the guy saved George by showing an interest in him. He wasn't invisible anymore. So, he put the gun away and burned the notes.

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