Interesting and portrayed the invisibility of a gay relationship particularly in that era. A bit of a sad movie.
Loved it, a stylish movie. Colin Firth is a great actor and played the part extremely well.
4.5 stars. Amazing detail of the early 60's era with all the gadgetry, style etc. Firth was truly excellent, as was Julianne Moore and the rest of the cast. This was a very moving account of gay life in that time with the kind of insights drawn from a literary novel and not otherwise normally seen in films.
Better than I thought it would be. Colin Firth was excellent
You won't walk away from this movie feeling enlightened. Nor will you be uplifted. On the contrary feeling flat and somewhat frustrated. But this movie is a piece of art, not so much to be enjoyed but respected. Brilliant performances by all. Julianne Moore is at her usual best but Colin Firth excels. A perfect performance. Sets perfectly authentically early 60s. In fact everything in its production is perfect. But however perfectly forgettable as well.
What an unusual movie. I didn't really like it nor dislike it. I found it rather slow and difficult to connect with. Definately NOT my favourite Colin Firth film.
Mr.Darcy being a little light in his loafers!! NO! I didn't engage with this movie at all and found Colin Firth's character a little creepy. Hitting on his students, really? Where is my copy of Pride and Prejudice?
A friend of mine called this a visual feast, but I found it a bit predictable and cliched. And unfortunately I got a little bored. I ended up not really caring what happened to these characters.
beautifully done. but the story is boring as hell.. wouldn't watch it twice.
A slow but beautiful film. A reminder that love is not defined by gender.
You can tell a man with a passion for fashion and design directed this movie. This is Gucci director Tom Ford's baby ALL OVER. Stunning images, gorgeous composition of shots throughout - but is the movie any good? Yes - all style, all substance - a bittersweet, all too true tale of what life was like for gay men in 1960s Los Angeles. Homosexuality was the dirty little secret you had to keep - and if you were careful all that betrayed you was your neat lifestyle - no wife, no children, no mess. Well kinda. Some gay men were married and tried to keep it neat and discreet that way - but it all unravelled - it always does. Colin Firth plays the title role in this beautiful movie, to stylish perfection. You feel his grief - even one year on after his lover's untimely death - and you feel his optimism too when it seems like he just may be able to move on with a new love - until... Worthwhile for all lovers, gay, straight - whatever.
A mournful, melancholy, miserable movie not fitting of the talents of the leading man. Not impressed at all. Leave this one if you want to stay in a reasonably good mood.
Beautiful look and feel, excellent performance by Colin Firth, rather heartbreaking.
Incredible. Saw this at the cinema when it first came out, and it was just as good the second time around. Colin Firth is incredible - there is no limit to this man's talents. This is visually gorgeous and an absolutely heartbreaking story. I can't believe the number of reviewers who have said this film is 'boring'. Clearly people with no capacity for empathy. We are lucky enough to live in a culture that (generally) accepts homosexuality. America in the 1960s was a different matter. This very powerful film reminds us that we shouldn't take our freedoms for granted - they have been hard won. The music is beautiful, all performances superb.
"Bereavement by Dior"; "Oh, so Calvin Klein", etc...
I agree with Simon Miraudo's review; "since when has prettiness equalled good filmmaking? ", what a banal, boring and terrible movie! Will never watch anything by this director again!. Two stars at most!
Interesting concept but the thought of Colin firth Gay is distressing to the female race!
Loved this movie, it had it all. !
All the main actors played their parts well, but it is a bit slow. Watch the separate clip on the DVD which talks about the making of the movie - it really gives some insight to the characters and the actors, as well as the making of the movie.
sometimes all you need for an excellent film is a wonderful script.
the cast are superb in this and I was extremley happy with the adaption from the novel. wonderful story in the day of a man struggling to deal with loss and life after such an event. brilliant.
A reserved gay British academic ponders life after the death of his one love. Dour study of loss which is largely interesting as it set in LA during the early sixties (a strange fish out of water atmosphere). Performances are strong with Julianne Moore channelling Ann Margaret. 3.5 stars
Colin Firth is mesmerising in this (almost too) elegant film. Everything is so incredibly beautiful, the lighting, the costumes - the house the main character lives in nearly outclasses Colin Firth.... One thing I really enjoyed about this film is the way it so beautifully evoked its intended era, not just relying on crass 60's stereotypes. After it had finished I actually felt like I had just put down one of those slim 1960's paperbacks and that made me realise that those 'too tidy' moments were in fact entirely necessary in order to maintain the original author's integrity. If you like this sort of thing this is the sort of thing you'll love!
colin firth's performance in this film is one of the best that i've seen in my life
Best movie in Quickflix's collection
Well acted by all and would recommend.
Colin Firth you are the best wouldn't have thought you were in 'Sense & Sensibility',can act in any role beautifully. And Ms. Julianne Moore always a treat! Well acted!
enjoyed this if that is the right word! fine performance by colin firth -subtle and moving story about love and grief
Thought it started off well enough but just couldn't keep watching. Very slow
Beautiful to look at, 60s time capsule. Colin Firth performance was exceptional.
Disc is faulty and sticks at several points through movie.
Please do not re-send.
Very dull movie which doesn't do any justice to the acting ability of Colin Firth.
I found this a rather dull, slow to get started and not really going anywhere movie. Rather a suprise for a Colin Firth movie.
Very moving and sensitivie portrayal of devastated partner left behind. Julianna Moore fabulous as the supportive friend. Lots of eye candy for lovers of 1950's interiors too...gorgeous.
Depressing movie about 2 homosexual guys
very disappointing...incredibly slow..wouldn't recommend
Lovely, sweet/sad, tender story. Colin at his best.
The detail and thought that went into this film by the filmmaker is fantastic, I thoroughly enjoyed it. While the storyline is sad, it showed that life has the possibility of going on.
Colin Firth is Fantastic, A wonderful movie.
Fantastic movie. Thought provoking, beautifully executed, you can see the designer influcence of Tom Ford. Lovely movie.
Could not quite get into this movie bit despressing and slow.
Movie jumped the whole way through
Don't waste a second of your time with this movie!
Didn't live up to my expectations - why was it sooooo slowwww?
Tom Ford is a wonderful director in this story, and Colin Firth gives a believable matter-of-fact portrayal of his character, with a fantastic Julianne Moore, who shares some of the best on-screen moments with Colin. Set and costumes are absolutely perfect and the every frame is just plain beautiful.
Most boring movie I've ever watched, I was having a boring day so thought I'd put this movie on, I was even more bored after watching it, kept waiting for something exciting to happen, but it just never did.
No too bad Colin Firth really saves the day his acting is great
Strong character development and a great performance by Colin Firth. This should have won him Best Actor.
Mmm. Let's just say an evening spent picking fluff off an old jumper might be more exciting...
It's warm, tender and reveals a period when being gay was even more difficult than some try to make it today. A fine cast, beautiful imagery and a story I for one am glad they told. You don't need to be GLBT to appreciate this story of love and loss, it just makes it that much more enjoyable.
This film is stunning. The cinematography is just breathtaking, the characters are complex and interesting and the story is really moving. I highly recommned this movie.
only die hard fans of colin firth will enjoy this dreary slow boring film no stars awarded for this waste of time
Deals with coping with death of a partner, friendships and loneliness. Quality acting by Firth and an interesting character portrayed but oh so slow, minimal storyline other than an appreciation of life once you decide to take your life? Few characters start to develop then drop off. Overall just a FAIR nights entertainment, could have been much better.
Why does this movie remind me so much of Tony Leung's artsy movies eg. 2046 or In the mood for love? Is it the music, the lead's narratives, or the retro nostalgia? Was that how Tom Ford learn his trade, watching Wong Kar Wai movies? Some serious critic tell me please.
Great movie, really enjoyed it. Just my cup of tea.
Appreciated it but didn't necessarily enjoy it. On the outside it looks beautiful, acted well and has something to say. But I found the ending really disappointing and it felt too 'arty'.
Visually beautiful, fantastic story and stunning acting. Obviously not everyone's type of film, but for me one of the best I've seen in a long time. Very moving and a celebration of appreciating the little things in life.
Beautiful, melancholy and poignant. I love the way colour would seep in and out of scenes, showing the beauty and vibrancy of a singular moment in the greyness of an every day life. If you had one day left to live how would you spend it? What would you remember? And how do you learn to live after you've lost your reason for living? pain and joy blend together in this beautiful sad and uplifting movie. An amazing directorial debut from Tom Ford. A truly talented man.
Disappointing. I had heard such great things, just didn't do it for me. As an at film which I thought it was trying to emulate it lacked truth. Working within the 60's - the age of aquarius, it's lack of depth and ability to engage and entice was just incredibly disappointing. There were long stretches of self indulgence and navel gazing which made me hit the fast forward button, something I don't do often. Firth who is generally gaze worthy was totally overpowered by the true 60's black framed glasses which made him look like a Roger Moore clone. I paid for it to download and deleted it because I know I never want to see it's like again. leave the art film to the Coen Brothers.
This was truly one of the best films of 2009. It has a wonderful rhythm, fabulous sets and the cast members (especially Firth) deliver exceptional performances. The soundtrack is on a whole other level of divine - I actually went out and bought the CD and the composer (Abel Korzeniowski) has really excelled himself. You truly can recall scenes in the movie just from the music (and I only watched it once) - now that's talent. This movie deserves every one of these five stars.
I love a deeply thought provoking film
Wow, real life personified......Not at all a fantasy. I was enveloped from the moment it began to the moment it ended. Enthralling and so far reaching
into human emotion......Anyone who has gone through intense grief will
relate to this movie whether they be gay or straight. Magical.
I saw how bad the other ratings were, so I had to add my bit. I don't think it was boring. I thought it was a beautiful and poignant story. Colin Firth's performance was brilliant and the supporting cast very good. Each scene was constructed beautifully. Sure it was no action packed thriller, but if you are looking for something that gets to the emotions of the human soul this is for you.
Colin Firth stars in his Oscar nominated role as a gay man in the 1960's dealing with the loss of his longtime lover who is tragically killed. Julianne Moore features as his best friend, whose life appears unfulfilled and forever searching to find happiness and often with Firth. The movie reflects on the happiness felt by Firth's character whilst with his lover and how he navigates the world successfully despite effectively being a misfit of the time.
The movie offers viewers insight into the disenfranchised grief experienced by Firth's character, in a time where archetypal relationships predominantly reigned.
Had this movie out for ages and tried to watch it a few times but couldn't sit through it. I thought it would be quite somber but it turned out to be fairly uplifting when I finally watched it all the way through. The best thing about it was the set design - I've read that it was designed by the Mad Men production crew to give it authenticity as it is set in the early 60s. Loved Julianne Moore but didn't see enough of her and I got sick of Colin Firth pretty quickly. Ok but just not enough substance or story.
Ravishingly beautiful, with tender observations about grief, friendship and desire, set in a former time when same-sex love was not easily declared. Period details one of its features but really it's outstanding for the way it's filmed, the performances and script.
Don't know what i was thinking renting this. Not my kind of film
this was the worst film i have ever seen never should have made it to the shelves
An arty film with a deep and meaningful storyline about love, life and loss. Fantastic acting by both Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. Slow moving but that leaves time to take in every scene and to appreciate the story being told. Not everyone's cup of tea but really enjoyed it.
Brilliantly evokes claustrophobic atmosphere of early 60s US. Colin Firth is very good
This is a powerful movie. So beautiful. It reminds me of slow food, you are given time to digest each scene, before you are more handed another. The performances are amazing and this would have to be Colin Firth's strongest role to date (although I have heard good of his latest movie too). I loved this movie so much that I went and brought it just so I can watch it anytime I want to.
What is Colin Firth doing these days? He's such a good actor but the last two films I've seen him in have left me cold. What with this one & Genova, sooo slow & boring with no outcome. Don't think I'll be bothering with Colin Firth films in future.
I agree with the other comments, this is a very slow film. I would say the movie was quite artistic, but it was also very odd and didn't keep me interested. I enjoyed Colin Firth, but apart from that there really wasn't much point to watching this movie.
Very slow with very little story line, and hints of homosexuality which became quite embarrassing. Watched for an hour before switching off, thinking it might improve.
A very intense movie with great performances by Colin Frith
it's rather stereo-typed - you almost know where it's going the moment it started -
I found the pace of the movie is just right - not too fast and not too slow.
We get to know the character from what he did on that day -
The ending was simple but believable.
Beautifully shot - you could almost print every frame of this movie and hung it on the wall!
A beautifully shot, contemplative film, this movie is ultimately a romance. George has lost his long term love, and their dogs, in a car accident. So he resolves that today will be his last day on earth. Similar to 'American Beauty', the film celebrates the beauty in the mundane, with lots of exquisitely lit shots and slow movement, which, rather than being boring as suggested by some reviewers, helps to convey the mood of seeing and experiencing the world as though it were for the last time. The fact that the characters are gay is not key to the movie, although it partly explains George's isolation, his inability to communicate about his despair to those around him. A wonderful movie about living each day as if it were your last, which left us feeling uplifted.
VERY disappointed. Slow, boring, weak storyline which could have been so much more. Just beautiful to look at but not much more - I coudn't last the distance. Would not recommend.
Slow and boring. Oh and too many penises. I want 10 minutes of my life back because thats when I stopped it. Yuck.
I now have a new favourite film. Absolutely loved it. Performances, camera work, and of course music. it was just pure joy to watch it.. sadness and happiness were played so beautifully.. very intense scenes at times, and fabulous choice of actors..
Not one I would see again. stayed to the end hoping it would get better. Colin Firth's acting was great, but that was really all I would recommend about the film. Not a keeper.
Sumptuous film, brilliantly shot, with fantastic performances from Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. Tom Ford proves his genius with this stylised film. The score is quite intense in places but beautiful.
Life is always worth living is what comes out of this movie. Apart from that, it has little to recommend it. Slow, brooding and surreal, and with no real outcome, other than life goes on and finds it own way to end.
did not like this movie and I usually love colin firth films. Switched off before the end didn't draw me in at all
This was not what I expected at all. Colin Firth is excellent, as is the cinematography, dark and oddly washed out. I was captured by the whole package. A reminder that life is all about relationships of all kinds.
George Falconer (Colin Firth) approaches a car accident in the middle of a snow-white scenery. There is a bloodied man there and he kisses him. He wakes up: he had dreamed the moment when his partner of 16 years, Jim (Mathew Goode), died. Jim was visiting alone his family. When the phone rings at George's home, he remembers how a friend of Jim had phoned him to tell what happened, and he couldn't even attend the funeral, as the family did not approve of Jim's life. George opens his heart only to Charley (Julianne Moore), his once girlfriend, who may still attracted to him. This is the synopsis off imdb. Wish I had read this before selecting the movie, as I had no idea that he was gay. As soon as we start seeing men kissing, I'm afraid thats it for my husband, who just can't watch... a friend had seen it that I saw the next day, and she told me we didn't miss much, a very depressing movie.... so yeah I guess I wont get to experience the fine acting...
an absolute tour de force by everyone concerned. A real eye opener regarding colin firth - what a superb actor! must see
A little disappointed in this movie as I really like Colin Firth, slow story line and very sad especially the ending, having said that I think the acting was good by the lead actors. Not the movie for any one even slightly homophobic! ! !