But What I Really Want to Do is Direct
Now that Tom Ford can do whatever he wants, he’s decided to direct a movie. He’s roped in Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, and the sainted production designers from *Mad Men*, so he’s off to a good start, but we’re still a little unsure about Ford’s new incarnation as movie mogul.
The movie is adapted from *A Single Man*, a day-in-the-life novel about a bereaved gay college professor in California in 1962. The novel is a gay touchstone—Elton John named an album after it, to give you some idea—so Ford’s interest isn’t completely out of left field, but it still seems like an odd choice. Ford’s ads and even clothes seem designed to project a guy’s-night-in-Vegas aesthetic. How well will he transition to measured musing about the passage of time? Is this just getting back at Thom Browne for snagging the *Mad Men* wardrobe? We’ll have to wait and see.
At least those goggles are going to a good cause.
- — Russell Brandom