‘Nocturnal Animals’ Review

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Directed by Tom Ford
Written by Tom Ford
Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Andrea Riseborough and Michael Sheen
★★★
“Nocturnal Animals” is a dark and somewhat disturbing thriller from Tom Ford – yes, that Tom Ford – and he can do way more than make a nice suit. Even at its most disturbing “Nocturnal Animals” is in all respects a well-crafted film, the movie is well-directed, well-written, well-shot and well-acted.
Ford takes a difficult story to produce on the screen and delivers it efficiently and effectively. The narrative of the movie is delivered through a present timeline, flashbacks and by using a play within a play device. Ford manages to integrate these three elements of the picture seamlessly, and he often uses ingenious way of transition from one to the other and back. Telling a story this way is no easy task; it is all too easy to have the final product get muddled by all the transitions between different stories, including one that was a product of fiction. Ford does this with ease and manages to keep the film neat, allowing the audience to know which part of the narrative they were viewing by who was on the screen.
Of the many things worth noting in “Nocturnal Animals” the performances of the cast deserve particular attention, especially those of Amy Adams and Michael Shannon. Adams and Shannon have long been two of the absolute best actors currently working; they can always be counted on to do stellar work, and “Nocturnal Animals” is no exception. Adams is the central character in the narrative, driving the action of it. Shannon delivers a performance of quiet intensity, and it is truly a breathtaking piece of work. The entire cast “Nocturnal Animals” gave fantastic performances. Aaron Taylor-Johnson – in an unnerving turn – and Jake Gyllenhaal are of particular note of the rest of the cast.
“Nocturnal Animals” is one of the films of the year, and come Oscar time I am sure it will garner a few nods.

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