|Artistic - 3.5/5|
Firth wasn't the only stand-out performance in this one. I think this is probably my favourite Nicholas Hoult performance. He delivered a mature and genuine performance and, like Firth, portrayed his character with confidence. Julianne Moore was also brilliant as she played a rather messed up character in the form of Charley.
Moving away from the acting, what struck me most about the film was the level and beauty of artistic creation. The most striking form of this was the constantly changing colours portraying the changeable moods of main character George. This technique created a beautiful film that was definitely worthy of awards. However, if you like watching film for the storyline, this one probably isn't for you. For me the plot-line was where the film feel down. The Academy Awards may like artistic films in which little actually happens ('There Will Be Blood') but for the viewers the film was a tad boring at times. Despite this I enjoyed the artistic side to the film which also delivered some brilliant performances.
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