A Single Man

After seeing Colin Firth and is excellent acting and the praising of his other acting skills by a coworker I decided to try another movie on for size.  This was a rather new movie, one that I’ve not heard much about and was still rather curious to the varied acting ability of Mr. Firth.  To my surprise, this was a novel turned film, needless to say I was a bit disappointed that this was not an original work.  When I started this film I wasn’t sure what to expect, was this a drama, where someones life is crushed due to a loss of a loved one?  Or perhaps someone that is completely detached from reality due to the nature of society and its self destructive nature, or even a man with nothing left to lose.  This move quite literally throws you into the day in the life of George Falconer, an English teacher at a High School in Los Angeles.  I will spare you the details to say this:  The film initially through me for a loop when I came to the realization that the character that Colin Firth was playing was homosexual, and that his day was what he had planned to be his last.  He spent the entire time organizing and cataloging his affairs so that after he commits suicide, the people that take care of his affairs will have no trouble at all finding the information that they desire, from what suit he plans to be buried in to his deeds, will, and a myriad of other documents.  It’s seems as though when everything is going wrong, something so great comes along and changes your perspective on things, and you realize that it’s not all bad, and you just need to put one foot in front of the other to get out the door, as well as the best laid plans often go astray.

4.7/5

I really enjoyed the color shifts during the emotion changes of Colin’s character.

 

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