Last night I went and watched this movie, not really knowing much about it at first, other than hearing that it was directed by fashion designer Tom Ford – and he also wrote the screenplay and helped produce it. I guess now he’s a director as well! The movie is based on the novel of the same name written by Christopher Isherwood.
Here’s the IMDB one liner on what the movie is about:
A story that centers on an English professor who, after the sudden death of his partner tries to go about his typical day in Los Angeles.
So knowing that I didn’t know what to expect, but I have to say that it certainly was beautifully made. First of all, Colin Firth plays the main character George who is gay, and who has lost his partner in a car crash. He struggles to move past it feeling he has nothing else left to live for. But one day everything is different.
He has an eccentric ex-girlfriend that lives in the city, played perfectly by Julianne Moore. Both characters originally from England, Julianne’s character reminded me of Absolutely Fabulous – that’ exactly how she was. A little of Patty combined with a little Eddie. She made me laugh out loud several times.
So although a drama, there are parts that were really funny, and others that were just beautiful. Sometimes, you find the movie completely slowing down to capture certain “stop and smell the roses” moments through the eyes of George – when he sees things differently on this particular day.
All the acting was excellent, and I can see why both Julianne Moore and Colin Firth have been nominated for several awards, including Golden Globe Nominations for Best Actor and Best Actress In A Supporting Role. Firth has also received a SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. A surprise in the film was Nicholas Hoult. You’ll remember him as the boy, “Marcus,” in the film About A Boy with Hugh Grant. Well, he’s semi grown up and plays a gay teenager in the film – and gets naked too! He’s totally growing in to his twinkish looks. His acting was good too.
So a great film overall. I was happy with the artistic elements and the story. Wouldn’t say it’s my favorite movie ever, but worth a watch.