In keeping with our Tom Ford theme, let’s discuss A Single Man, his gorgeous directorial and screenwriting debut. Now much of this movie looks like a luxury cologne ad, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Julianne Moore, as usual, sublimely delivers a layered performance as Charley. Watch for the dance scene between her and the protagonist George, played by Colin Firth. Impeccable fashion, hair, and make-up are a given with Mr. Ford at the helm, but his filmmaking doesn’t rely on style over substance. Firth’s nuanced performance captures the deep grief and profound sense of loss that comes from unexpected death. While Ford’s use of color saturation for dramatic and emotional emphasis created visual interest, his use of heavy-handed sound effects is distracting. Overall, a well-acted, well-written, and well-directed film. Smooches Tom Ford.