Tom Ford is a fashion designer and gay. So what? Who cares? The first 10 to 20 minutes are brilliant. Colin Firth (although not my favourite) is acting great indeed. But the thing is there are 80 more minutes to come. And those are just boring. Besides, Colin Firth's & Julianne Moore's talents mostly are wasted. I felt like I was forced to watch a gay love story. That was not clear to me at the very beginning...
This daring lovestory set in the 60s LA and uses flashy techniques as slow-motion and flashbacks, post-modernistic Architecture (John Lautners design), and a hell of a wardrobe to make a tragedy look like one of Tom Fords brand commercials. But if we look a bit closer behind the suits and the hipster glasses Colin Firths tender eyes and broken heart are what that really moves us in the end.
Tom Ford's first foray into the world of cinema brings with it one of the most beautifully stylised works I've ever seen. However, much like the protagonist's seemingly perfect existence, we soon see a colder side. Beneath the polished veneer of George's life lies a chilling exploration of loss and listlessness.
Awful film. It's as if Tom Ford didn't even try to pretend to learn about what makes a good film work. Hint: it's not just about style. You actually have to tell a memorable story without boring us to death. Not even good clothes can fix that. However, Julianne Moore and Colin Firth are incredible. Perhaps Ford has a way with actors.