Taking to the red carpet last night - American comedian Charlyne Yi for Paper Heart, but first the VERY stylish boys from A Single Man:

Set in LA, 1962, at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a gentle sense of unrest and paranoia is palpable throughout the film. It is adapted from the novel by Christopher Isherwood, following George Falconer, struggling to find meaning in his life after the death of his long-term partner Jim (Matthew Goode). George is both consoled and challenged by his close friend Charley (Julianne Moore) and a young student (Nicholas Hoult) Taking to the red carpet last night - American comedian Charlyne Yi for Paper Heart, but first the VERY stylish boys from A Single Man:

Set in LA, 1962, at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a gentle sense of unrest and paranoia is palpable throughout the film. It is adapted from the novel by Christopher Isherwood, following George Falconer, struggling to find meaning in his life after the death of his long-term partner Jim (Matthew Goode). George is both consoled and challenged by his close friend Charley (Julianne Moore) and a young student (Nicholas Hoult)

A Single Man has also been hotly anticipated by fashionistas, eager to see the work of first time director, long time designer Tom Ford. His experience shows with beautiful costume and photography, which at times becomes overpowering. You get the sensation that you've slipped into a Gucci commercial and at any moment the sexy Spanish man is going to turn to camera and whisper the name of a new perfume.

The sensation of time is muddled. Quick cuts and slow motion are liberally thrown around. The dialogue suggests this is the theme, but does so in a clunky way. And here Ford's inexperience shows as he fails to stitch the film into a glittering gown (hurray for fashion metaphors).

Superb acting holds this film together, particularly from Firth who manages a subtle, but engaging representation of a man who feels his life is over, but is still scraping for the last drops of absurdist humour and beauty.

The problem with a film about grief is that all the action happens in the opening sequences (and very moving it was too!) leaving the rest of the film to play catch-up. To my mind it never quite makes it. Still pretty and occasionally brilliant, you should still go and watch it!

A Single Man Trailer:





A sort of documentary with wanderings into fiction, Paper Heart, follows comedian and actress Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up) on a search for love. Cue trips to Graceland Chapel in Vegas, moody walks through Paris and interviews with smug old people about how they deserve a medal for being married 312 years. It relies heavily on you finding Yi endearing/amusing. If you don't (and find her just a bit dopey and annoying, like the stoner friend you thought you liked until they repeatedly forgot to buy milk) then it just drags. Fans of Michael Cera might enjoy seeing him act as himself, like it's real, but it's not, only the character of 'him' is just like all his other characters...which I guess are just him.