Movie Love: ‘A Single Man’

Before I begin this next post, let me introduce you to my love for movies. Just as I love my music, I LOVE my movies. Again, I have almost 200 DVDs (not including my TV shows) that I don’t watch as often as I should. I simply feel comforted by the fact that they are there. I can go into my DVD case and find anything to suit my mood. The other thing about me and movies is that I am not very critical. I like pretty much everything! So, when I talk about movies this blog will probably be more of a love fest rather than a criticism. Hope that you’re cool with that.

On to today’s movie. A week or two ago I finally say ‘A Single Man.’

This is a movie I have been want to see for moths, ever since the previews came out. The first thing that drew me to it was Colin Firth. I just love Darcy. I mean Firth… I love Colin Firth. 😉

The one and only Mr. Darcy

However, the more I read about it, the more intrigued I became. So, when I finally received it from Netflix I was really excited, but worried at the same time. For some reason, my attention span has been that of a goldfish. In other words, I’ve had none. I was concerned that I would not be paying the movie the attention it deserved, but I knew I wanted to give it a shot. I popped it into the DVD player knowing the following:

– It is set in the ’60s

– It is about a man whose partner of many years recently died.

– The acting is brilliant. ( I knew this going in because (A.) Colin Firth is always brilliant and (B.) There was a lot of talk of this movie taking home a bunch of Oscars at the time of its release.)

Well, as soon as I started watching I knew I wouldn’t have to worry about giving this movie my full attention. I was sucked in from the get go. It was about so much more than losing a loved one. It was a beautiful story of a man who has decided that there is nothing left to live for, but instead of being a depressing movie about life and death, it is about a man living what he ahs decided to be his last day in a whole new way.

He takes risks he normally wouldn’t, he says things that would usually be seen as out of character, and he notices the beautiful things about everyday life. I think that is what I liked most about this movie. A reminder to appreciate the little things in life is never a bad thing.

I loved the artful way in which the main character was shown to be appreciating these things. He would be looking at a woman’s face, or a little girl’s shoes and all of a sudden the colors would brighten and light up the screen. Until it happened the first time, I didn’t even realize that the colors were a bit faded. It was as if he had been leading his life (since his partner died, at least) with dulled senses, but when he noticed and appreciated the little things in life they would become vibrant. I also just loved the cinematography and the way the movie was directed. I thought it was gorgeous.

Overall, I can say I loved this movie and I think that everyone should see it. While I didn’t find it depressing, it is sad and is not necessarily the cheeriest movie out there, so just be prepared for that. However, the acting is amazing and, in my opinion, the way in which the movie was made was masterful. So, check it out.

I’m not a movie critic and I’m not pretending to know what I’m talking about. I’ve never taken a film class, or really analyzed movies or the way they are made, but it is something that I have always wanted to do. I love looking out for things like cinematography, methods of directing, etc. And I know my thoughts on the subjects aren’t always right, but I just like to put them out there. For the record, I am totally open to hearing other opinions on the movies I write about. I like to learn from others. 🙂

Thanks for reading!!




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