The 6th Annual Rule Britannia Blogathon – A Single Man (2009)

This is the first of three posts dedicated to the 6th Annual Rule Britannia Blogathon being held over at A Shroad of Thoughts.

Tnx Terrance for letting me take part!

“Sometimes awful things have their own kind of beauty. ” – Carlos

Number of Times Seen – Twice (22 Dec 2010 and 1 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – In 1960’s California, a British University Professor tries to find a way to get on with his life months after his Gay partner of 16 years died in a tragic road accident.

My Take on it –This is a film that is a great example of a mediocre film that has an amazing performance that shines throughout.

They fail to present this story in a good enough way and even with its relative short run time of just 100 minutes, too much of the movie feels as if it’s dragging along.

The main character played by Colin Firth asks some very interesting and intriguing questions about life, yet the answers he seems to find aren’t satisfying enough to keep this enjoyable.

Julianne Moore has some scenes in the film and her presence actually hurts things more than helps because she plays this character much too over the top and that takes so much away from the quest that Firth’s character seems to be taking.

None of the characters feel developed enough for us to care about what will happen to any of them as the story moves along.

I’ve always liked Firth as an actor because he always does a great job with whatever kind of role he is given.

In this film, he is able to add so much to his character via non-verbal expressions and those are enough to believe his deserving of all of the award accolades that he got for his performance here despite the film itself feeling lacking.

Bottom Line – Great performance by Firth in a pretty mediocre film. The story isn’t presented well enough  and despite a relatively short run time of just 100 minutes, the film feels as if it drags along most of the way.  The questions that Firth’s character asks himself about life are interesting, yet the answers he finds seem to be too incomplete along the way. The scenes with Moore are a bit over the top and take away from the journey that this character is taking here.  The characters don’t feel developed enough in order for us to truly care about everything that happens to them as the story moves forward. Firth is a great actor and this role allows him to shine above everyone else in the cast especially due to his non-verbal expressions that say so much about what he is going through and for that alone, he was deserving of all of the award nominations and wins that he received for his work here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – On February 21, 2010, when he won a BAFTA for Best Actor, Colin Firth’s list of people to thank included the man who repaired his refrigerator. Firth explained that he’d decided to turn down the part, and had an email to director Tom Ford in his outbox, waiting to be sent. Then a man arrived to repair his refrigerator, and Firth had time to reconsider. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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4 thoughts on “The 6th Annual Rule Britannia Blogathon – A Single Man (2009)

  1. I have to admit I have yet to see this movie. Still, it does sound worth checking out for the performances! Thank you for taking part in the blogathon!


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