A Single Man

Posted: 16th December 2010 by Mister Critic in Random
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As a story about one day in the life of one man, the movie, A Single Man, is able to capture all of the raw and viseral emotions connected with love and loss, and is an excellent exploration of the meaning of life.

Colin Firth plays George Falconer, a man who struggles with the death of a loved one. Based on a novel by Christopher Isherwood, the movie explores how one carries on after loss, and the story is told in a stream of consciousness style giving you that feeling of being out step with the rest of the world because of some tragedy. At times, the main character’s memories of the past intersect with his current surroundings, and I liked how that told the story. The storytelling was so simple, yet so complex. I loved how it focused on those ever important one-on-one connections we experience throughout our lives. We see that no matter how insignificant the moment feels at the time, it is those moments that are perhaps the most important part of living.

Mr. Firth is excellent in this movie. There were so many moments that felt so real that you forgot you were watching someone acting, and instead felt a part of the moment. He is so good at playing that character guarded on the outside, yet in every scene is able to hint at how much pain and raw emotion is happening on the inside. I hope that Mr. Firth is someday recognized for his outstanding talent as an actor, and I wish he could have recieved the Academy Award for this performance.

Most importantly, given the current state of the debate about gay marriage or “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” this movie serves as a reminder that, above all else, we are talking about real people. It should not be about “Us” vs. “Them.” It should not be about fear. It should not be about sin. It should not be about hate. It should be about understanding and love. We all share the same emotions. We all love and we all lose love. And love is not a sin. Two people should not be shunned or hated because they are  willing commit their lives to each other. One loving relationship is just as real as another.

What this movie does best is to show how hard it is for some to live as if they are something they are not. How hard it is to be denied the opportunity to be open about who you are and what you feel. To deny on an equal love, and in turn, an equal loss, is to deny a civil right, a human right. I don’t claim to know how to change the hearts and minds of the ignorant, but sometimes it is as simple as starting with a single man.