Nocturnal Animals

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12.9.16

Film review by Steve Duffy –

Nocturnal Animals

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival. From writer/director Tom Ford comes a haunting romantic thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension that explores the thin lines between love and cruelty, revenge, and redemption. Academy Award nominees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star as a divorced couple discovering dark truths about each other and themselves.

Jake Gyllenhaal is dynamic as both Edward the writer and Tony the character from the novel. Amy Adams gives a strong performance as LA art gallery owner Susan Morrow. 

The supporting cast includes Michael Sheen, Jena Malone, and Laura Linney.  The best performance come from the brilliant Michael Shannon as the police detective who helps Tony get his justice / revenge.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is spellbinding as the ruthless villain in the novel.

The best parts of the film are spent in the world of Tony’s novel. The novel itself could have been a stand-alone movie. 

For his sophomore film, designer Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals is an extremely polished and sexy movie that is a joy to watch.    

Rating:  R for violence, menace, graphic nudity, and language

Runtime: 115 minutes


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