55. A Single Man

Colin Firth stars in A Single Man as George, an English professor in 1960’s Los Angeles who is dealing with the untimely death of his long time romantic partner Jim (Matthew Goode).  As his flashbacks drive him deeper into depression, he considers suicide but can’t manage to go through with it.  It is revealed that his relationship with his best friend Charley (Julianne Moore) is complicated but cherished, but George still refuses to commit to a woman.  As George deals with his grief, he is also intensely pursued by a curious student played by Nicolas Hoult.  Lost in his emotional pain, the film reveals George’s journey to clarity and acceptance over the course of a day’s time.

A Single Man is a very poignant and intimate look into a man dealing with intense loneliness and grief.  Colin Firth is exquisite in this Oscar nominated role and is a total joy to watch on screen.  Brilliant editing and an elegant orchestral score add wonderful texture to the overall package.  With a great emphasis on 60’s culture and fashion, I caught myself imagining Don Draper himself walking by George on the street.  While the film might be on the slightest bit of the slow side, it is still an effective exploration of the desperation we all feel when we lose a true love.

The survey says… an emphatic 4 stars out of 5.

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