Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: An intelligent, moving adaptation of Christopher Isherwood's 1964 novel.
Colin Firth ... George
Julianne Moore ... Charley
Nicholas Hoult ... Kenny
Matthew Goode ... Jim
Jon Kortajarena ... Carlos
A Single Man
George Falconer (Colin Firth"Mamma Mia!") is a college professor who is struggling to find meaning in life after the untimely death of his partner Jim (Matthew Goode "Match Point"). They had lived together for 16 years. After receiving the phone call about Jim's fatal accident, George grows more and more isolated as each day passes and simply cannot find a way to move past the loss of the love of his life, despite the support of long time friend and neighbor Charley (Julianne Moore "Far From Heaven"), and the adoration of a beautiful young student. He seems increasingly convinced that there is nothing worth living for.
The film directed by first time director and fashion designer Tom Ford has been photographed with great style by Eduard Grau. It is based on Christopher Isherwood's 1964 novel and takes
place in a single day in 1962 with the world on the brink of another World War, when the Russians were attempting to sneak missiles into Cuba. Ford incorporates flashbacks to show the relationship of George and Jim and additional scenes include George’s quick encounter with Carlos (newcomer Jon Kortajerena),
a street hustler from Madrid, and
an especially memorable scene with his neighbor Charley (Julianne Moore) who has invited him for
dinner, dolling herself up in the hopes of a seduction and a revival of their close relationship.
All the performances are fine, butit's Colin Firth who basically carries
the entire film and his heartbreaking moments are played brilliantly. Relative newcomer Nicholas Hoult ("About a Boy") makes a tremendous impression as one of George's students who may have more on his mind than just learning about literature from his professor. But George seems convinced that there is nothing worth living for. And then fate steps in......