Excerpt: Directors telling personal stories is, on its a face, a good thing. You'll almost always tell a story better that you have a connection to, because you'll understand it better. And through that personal connection the story's meaning is expanded out to the audience who recognize themselves in its details, because people really aren't that different from each other.
Excerpt: I realize we’re a few months past the Oscars, but sometimes Oscar-nominated films come out on DVD/Blu-Ray after the fact. Such is the cast with “A Single Man”, starring Colin Firth. Firth is probably best known for his role as Mark Darcy the “Bridget Jones” movies as well as playing Mr. Darcy in the UK TV series “Pride and Prejudice.
Excerpt: Set in Los Angeles in 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, it is the story of a British college professor who is struggling to find meaning to his life after the death of his long time partner. The story is a romantic tale of love interrupted, the isolation that is an inherent part of the human condition, and, ultimately, the importance of the seemingly smaller moments in life.
Excerpt: They say that life is what happens when you're busy making other plans, and for A Single Man's George Falconer (Colin Firth), you could take that even further: Life is what happens to George when he's making plans to die. He's been inhabiting a literally gray world since the passing of his longtime partner Jim (Matthew Goode), and as he begins to plot his own suicide, he's suddenly struck by reasons to go on.
Excerpt: Even as Tom Ford's writing-directing debut A Single Man was always destined for the hype (and distribution deal ) attending its Toronto Film Festival debut, it seemed equally bound to be beautiful, elegant and, well, good . It is all of those things and not a whole lot more -- a showcase for Ford's eye and Colin Firth's chops, a perfect storm of unfailing taste.
Conclusion: 'A Single Man' is an elegant, if depressing, period drama. Fashion designer Tom Ford has a clear vision and proves himself surprisingly adept at his transition to filmmaking. This may not be the type of movie you'll pull off the shelf to watch every Saturday night, but when the mood strikes for something thoughtful and melancholy, it should fill the bill. The Blu-ray looks and sounds very good. The bonus features aren't plentiful, but have more substance than expected.
Excerpt: George (Colin Firth) is contemplating suicide. Everything is ready. He has notes lined up, his belongings are cared for, he has the suit he wants to be buried in ready, and his method is clear. He wants to shoot himself, but he can’t figure out how to do it. George has gone through a lot, living in the ’60s and carrying on a 16-year relationship with his male partner. He hides his sexuality from everyone, ensuring his career as a professor remains intact.
Conclusion: A Single Man is a brilliantly poignant picture about love and loss, about life after death, about moving on after tragedy. It's not an easy watch, but it's an exceptionally engaging one. First-time Director Tom Ford paints a bleak but thematically and emotionally engaging picture, but it's Colin Firth's performance that truly sells the film.
Excerpt: The Film A day in the life of a man intending to commit suicide gives the audience a greater look at the human condition in A Single Man . British professor George Falconer (Colin Firth) questions his life's meaning after his long time lover Jim (Matthew Goode) dies in a car accident.
Pros: Actors: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Nicholas Hoult, Matthew Goode, Director: Tom Ford, Audio Languages: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Subtitles: English SDH, Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1, Number of Discs: 1, Rating: R, Studio: Sony Pictures, Release Date: July 6, 2010, Run Time: 100 minutes, List Price: $34.95, Extras: Commentary with Writer/Director Tom Ford Making of "A Single Man" featurette movieIQ BD-Live
Excerpt: A Single Man follows a day in the life of a gay man living in 1962. George’s (Colin Firth) day starts with the decision to kill himself, after he awakens to the disappointment that he’s still breathing. We’re left to wonder whether he’ll still be breathing by the time his day’s over, but in the meantime George goes about the mundane trappings of his routine knowing that tonight he’ll finally receive the sweet release that only death can bring.