Director: Tom Ford
Release Date: December 9, 2016
Duration: 1 hr 56 mins
My Rating: 8/10
Overview: Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) is a wealthy art gallery owner. She has an eye for the unique and bold.
Out of the blue, her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal) sends her a manuscript for his first published novel.
Susan becomes instantly enthralled with the haunting tale and can't help feeling as though the novel was sent for revenge.
What I loved: Nocturnal Animals, based on the novel written by Austin Wright, may be one of the most unique, yet haunting movies I've seen in a long time. It's a story within a story, reminiscent of a modern day Inception.
The plot will instantly ensnare you with its gruesome darkness. Some viewers may even become upset, as I did, during certain scenes. And that's why it's a truly remarkable film. If a movie can evoke visceral emotions from the audience, the producers have done their job.
The film is thrilling and often kept my heart racing through much of the duration. The scenery was gorgeous and the music which accompanied the film, matched perfectly to the sensations one should feel while watching.
It's important to pay attention though, as the symbolism woven throughout the film is an important key to unlocking the true nature of the story.
As always, Amy Adams rocked it. Her role as Susan further increased my admiration and respect for her as an actress.
"Do you ever feel like your life has turned into something you never intended?"
What I didn't: Amy Adams was outstanding in this film, however, I don't feel as though the producers/directors did a well enough job of distinguishing her younger self from her older self. The flashback scenes were obvious, however, Amy looked almost exactly the same as she did during the present scenes.
Also, I didn't particularly like Jake's take on the roll. At times, I felt his acting was subpar and he didn't show enough emotions during obviously emotional scenes.
Lastly, I thought the ending was extremely anti-climatic.
You might be thinking why I gave the movie such a high score (8/10) considering I have this many "complaints", but the rest of the movie was so mesmerizing, it still deserved high marks.