Art, Inspiration and General Musings

February 6, 2010

Cold And Calculated

Last night I went to see "A Single Man," the directorial debut from fashion designer Tom Ford. First off, let me just say it really is a breathtaking film. The set designs, the wardrobe, the cars, and even the pink cigarettes were totally covetable. Each scene could easily translate to a fashion-house ad or a Vogue editorial spread.

As for Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, they are both amazingly talented (duh) and did a fabulous job with what they were given. Plus, they're both very attractive and I could pretty much watch them in anything and be entertained. That said, I found myself emotionally detached from their characters and the film as a whole.

It's a sad story, and had I cared for any of the characters, I'm sure I would have found myself sobbing throughout the film. Instead, I found my eyes drinking in the beauty and my mind wandering. I think my friend Darcey put it best when she said, "The film was detached and I was detached from the film" - or something to that affect.


Caroline said...

This is how I felt, entirely. I did not like the film, because I just didn't care. It was also very apparent that it was directed by someone who didn't really know anything about film: this could have been a good and inventive thing, but instead it just felt weird. There were definitely scenes which felt like a perfume or fashion commercial. It was distracting.

Anonymous said...

I'm really bummed by this news. I've been looking forward to seeing this since hearing Colin Firth's latest NPR interview. I mean Tom Ford + Colin Firth + heartbreaking film premise should = a total win. Sigh...I guess I'll wait to watch the eye candy when it comes out on DVD.


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