Movie : Nocturnal Animals
Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Micheal Shannon & Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Director : Tom Ford
Micheal Shannon. The guy who gave stellar performances in the “Revolutionary Road“, “Take Shelter” & “The Iceman” is at it again, playing the role of Detective Bobby Andes.
He nails it and how!
Like the above, there are applaud worthy facets to “Nocturnal Animals“. Director Mr Tom Ford, aces at almost every department. His screenplay is taut, tense & gripping. The narrative is so different, it likes it has a rhythmic pattern to it.
This psychological thriller is based on the book “Tony & Susan” written by Austin Wright.
The film has an interesting line up of actors.
Amy Adams who plays Susan Morrow, an art gallery owner, lives an extravagant lifestyle. She has a large mansion, a dashing & handsome husband who in evidently always busy with work. She’s doing extremely well in her career. But, she is not content with her life. She’s alone most of the time, her husband seems to be meeting other women on the pretext of business meetings, she also has trouble sleeping at nights.
One day, she receives a novel from her ex husband Edward ( Jake Gyllenhaal). She opens the novel, to realise the novel is dedicated to her.
She slowly starts getting consumed by the novel. Which subconsciously takes her back to the marriage she had with Edward. She relives those memories all over again, and begins to weigh her current life to the life she had before.
The film also deals with an important topic of art & reality, which is subtly yet effectively seeped into the screenplay.
Would you be able to listen to your heart every time? Does life turn out to be the way you expect it to be? The things you always want in your life, maybe when you get it , you realise that its not what you expect it to be….
The film revolves around these above questions, which are faced by everyone at a certain points in our lives.
There is an interesting dialogue told by one of the characters to Susan earlier on in the film which describes her state of mind-
‘Susan, enjoy the absurdity of our world. It’s a lot less painful. Believe me, our world is a lot less painful than the real world.’
Her marriage with her ex husband Edward, had hit rockbottom very early on in her life. He was the only one who believed in her, which ironically, in her current life no one does.
Amy Adams doesn’t have many dialogues as such, but she mesmerises with her expressions, her body language, and her eyes. She plays the character of Susan beautifully.
Jake Gyllenhaal who plays Edward & a fictional character in the novel is brilliant. The movie constantly shifts from Susan’s present world- to the premise of the novel & to Susan’s past.
Armie Hammer who plays Susan’s husband suits the character. He gives a decent performance.
Aaron Taylor -Johnson gives in a terrific performance as one of the fictional characters in the novel. He’s terrifying & cunning.
The show stealer is Micheal Shannon, who just doesn’t fail to surprise.
The captain of the ship Mr.Tom Ford has dished out an excellent film, with an extremely stylish narrative.
I haven’t seen all the oscar films, but i’m quite surprised how “Nocturnal Animals” didn’t make it to the list.
With it’s subtle performances, interesting screenplay & beautiful cinematography, this film should definitely be on your not-to-miss list!