Right off the bat, lets just warn you.. there is graphic nudity paraded as art to start the movie. So, from the get-go you really know this isn’t a conventional film. Cold faces, straight lines, grey colors all set up this heartless feeling. Director Tom Ford really did well to create an atmosphere void of rich, deep feeling. Not the void of something that never was, but a void as if it once was there, and had been lost.
Amy Adams is an art gallery director who is in her second marriage and early on she receives a proof-read of a book written by her former husband, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. Her first marriage, full of love but not a “practical” relationship in her eyes, was ended years ago. This was the first she had heard from her ex in many years. The rest of the film revolves around Amy Adams pouring herself into the manuscript, as told by faux-memories played out for the audience.
Nocturnal Animals never really was a big hit in the box office, but that’s exactly why GMBM is here, to open up some of those lost films for you. The film is definitely unique. It’s heavy and dark and really delves into some of the toughest parts of humanity. That being said, it’s a well acted, well made film. And as I continue to write this and let the movie soak in, it continues to grow on me. Let it soak.. let it provoke some thought.
GMBM Verdict : Not for the faint of heart. Good Movie.
Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon Rating R Released 2016