Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Perhaps one of my most anticipated films of 2016, Tom Ford’s latest directorial effort did not disappoint and establishes Amy Adams once again as a one of a kind actress who only gets better, more interesting, and more beautiful with age.
Nocturnal Animals, which depicts a story within a story, is as much an excruciatingly brutal thriller as it is a very nuanced, carefully crafted drama about revenge. Revenge thrillers are often designed to have a cathartic effect on the viewer, but I don’t think I’m giving too much away when I say that Nocturnal Animals is not as straight-forward as that.
Multi-layered and mysterious, the story draws you in but also confuses and is ultimately anticlimactic. Highly reminiscent of Mulholland Drive, it has the slick sheen of Hollywood all over it, but is much less obscure, almost basic in how it addresses its topic. Some of the imagery and storytelling is crass and exaggerated, but the human weaknesses displayed by the protagonists are refreshingly real.
Nocturnal Animals is not an easy movie to like, because it defies expectations, but if you give it a shot you might find that – underneath the sleek and stylish coating – it offers some very dark truths.