George facing death, going about his business politely arranging his suicide, is the core of "Single Man," and its great source of dramatic nutrition. The plot provides Ford with a direct shot of sympathy to communicate and the execution is impeccable. Once the film falls under Kenny's spell, an adjustment period is permitted to the new inspiration, but the dramatic possibilities are frozen shut. George's pull back to the surface holds little magnitude, hobbling the film's leap for a poetic conclusion. It's a disappointing third act for "A Single Man," but it's a wound that doesn't last for very long. There's still so much cinematographic and thespian splendor to gorge on here; the anticlimactic finale barely dents the beguiling mood.