Movie Review: Nocturnal Animals *Spoiler Free*
Nocturnal Animals is a psychological thriller based on a novel by Austin Wright, adapted to script by Tom Ford and directed by Ford as well.
First of all, let me be perfectly honest. I had not the slightest of clues who in Tom Ford was. For starters, He’s a fashion designer and has only ever directed one other movie – A Single Man. Which I have never seen.
The Film stars Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Micheal Shannon, Aaron Tylor Johnson, Armie Hammer and many others. Here is a brief synopsis…
A successful Los Angeles art-gallery owner’s (Adams) idyllic life is marred by the constant traveling of her handsome second husband (Hammer). While he is away, she is shaken by the arrival of a manuscript written by her first husband (Gyllenhaal), who she has not seen in years. The manuscript tells the story of a teacher who finds a trip with his family turning into a nightmare. As Susan reads the book, it forces her to examine her past and confront some dark truths.
Taking all these factors into consideration, there’s no way this film could have possibly been any good – Right?
Well, let’s find out together now shall we?
Related; Arrival Film Review
Nocturnal Animals Is a Dark Thrilling Psychological Thriller
Right off the bat, movie buffs will notice that Nocturnal Animals is a very different and unconventional film that takes a sharp turn from a Hollywood mainstream approach.
As a result, it makes a brave gamble with its unusual story delivery as the film features three narratives.
The first of Adams’ character reading the manuscript, the second showing events that transpire in the manuscript and the third explains how Adams and Gyllenhaal’s characters meet.
Furthermore, credit needs to be given to Ford for his unconventional narrative (pun most certainly intended) and for this film’s case, it seems to work rather brilliantly.
This film is GREAT. There’s no way around that. It’s surprisingly entertaining to watch and I mean that in a good way.
Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal and Micheal Shannon are all excellent in this film and give Oscar worthy performances – YEAH! I bloody said it.
Although, I don’t know why this should come as a surprise considering Jake Gyllenhaal has a reputation of selecting the best film projects to work on (ignoring that God Awful Prince of Persia film).
Aaron Tylor Johnson’s character is so creepy in this film that he genuinely got under my skin.
I developed a deep hatred for his character unlike any other and that’s just praise for how good a performance it was.
My Final Thoughts…
If you’re the type of audience member that enjoys a film that causes you to think afterwards planting an urge within you to see it again, this is definitely the film for you.
Just like this year’s Arrival and Enemy films starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal respectively that both had the same effect strangely enough.It’s [Nocturnal Animals] Mind Boggling.
Furthermore, this is a well directed, extremely well-acted, and very tense film. It didn’t drag along not even once considering it’s 1hr 57min run time.
And as a result, I really enjoyed it but as I began to put more thought into it, I began to realize how the three story lines really interconnect.
Also, I really like films that have deeper philosophical meaning and leave you a little ambiguous making you think more about it. Such films are rare now days and this is one of them.
So with that said, I would give Nocturnal Animals a 4.7/5
Emmron is an Urban Design student, freelance writer for Newslibre a Game, Film, Music, Science, Technology and Automotive enthusiast.