Wednesday, December 30, 2009

December 29, 2009

A Single Man (2009)
#53 on my Top 100 List
This movie was absolutely beautiful. Everything about it was beautiful - the story, the acting, the flashback scenes. I am completely in awe of Colin Firth's performance. The supporting cast was equally good, Nicholas Hoult (the kid from About a Boy all grown up) and Matthew Goode especially, though Matthew Goode is only in a few scattered flashbacks. What Tom Ford did with the color of this film was incredible - in the flashbacks and those rare moments that Colin Firth's character decides that life really is worth living, the color is rich and vibrant and alive. But as soon as his feelings fade, so does the color, visibly draining out of the shot into near sepia desaturation. We're left missing the bright colors of life as much as he is. Despite what the trailers make it out to be, this movie is also not about his relationship with Julianne Moore, which is a good thing. She's fine and all, but she does not mean nearly as much to him as he does to her and that's reflected. I've been looking forward to this movie since April or so and it absolutely did not disappoint.
My Netflix rating: 5 stars

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