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A singularly amazing performance

A Single Man
Directed by:  Tom Ford
Screenplay by:  Tom Ford & David Scearce (based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood)
Starring:  Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Nicholas Hoult, Matthew Goode, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lee Pace, & Keri Lynn Pratt

I don't want to spoil anyone because, seriously, you MUST see this movie!  So, here's a very brief description:
George (Firth) is an English professor at a Los Angeles-area university in the early 1960s.  His partner of 16 years, Jim (Goode), died unexpectedly in a car accident eight months before our story begins.  The films shows us a single day in George's life as he continues to struggle with Jim's death.  Throughout the day we meet numerous people in George's life, including his next-door neighbor (Goodwin), one of his students (Hoult), and his childhood best friend (Moore).

Colin Firth's performance runs the entire gamut of emotions.  He was certainly deserving of his Oscar nomination.  His was one of the best performances I've seen in a very long time.  I haven't seen Crazy Heart yet (although plans are being made, believe me!), but I have a feeling Jeff Bridges had stiffer competition for Best Actor than we non-Hollywood people realized!  The rest of the cast was also wonderful.  The film was beautifully directed, and you can definitely tell it was done by a fashion designer.  I'm impressed by Tom Ford's directorial debut...nice first try!  I loved the movie's general aesthetic and it's 1960s setting.  If you get the chance to see A Single Man, please do. I think you will be incredibly touched by Firth's performance.
Tags: colin firth, movies, watchlist 2010

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