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Friday Film: “Nocturnal Animals”

For this week’s suggestion I have the perfect crime/drama movie, which is maybe the only one of its kind that’s on my list of favourites since I don’t watch this kind of movies at all. And yet this one managed to charm me and get me hooked with flying colours.

Of course I’m referring to the 2016 crime/drama movie “Nocturnal Animals” directed by Tom Ford, who is also known for the 2009 drama masterpiece “A Single Man”. This guy seems to be a master when it comes to making a novel into a screenplay, since he’s done that two times already with both “A Single Man” and “Nocturnal Animals”. The latter, which is our main focus right now, is an adaptation of Austin Wright’s novel published in 1993Tony and Susan”, and the work that’s been put into this movie for it to be that magnificent, is obviously crystal clear.

The storyline chronicles Susan Morrow (Amy Adams), a wealthy art gallery owner, who receives a draft of her ex-husband’s new novel “Nocturnal Animals”, which is dedicated to her. Once she starts to read it, the story unfolds before our eyes, placing Jake Gyllenhaal as Tony Hastings into a car travelling with his family to Marfa in Texas. On their way there, a gang of men stops them in the middle of the night and terrorize them by taking Tony’s wife and daughter hostages, leaving him alone somewhere, unable to save them.

The beauty of this movie lies entirely in the direction. The parallel cuts between Susan’s life and the story of the novel are perfectly manipulated by Tom Ford in a way that the viewer is able to get completely attached to the story and the roles of both of them. He chooses to move smoothly from the one story to the other, always keeping it clear and simple for the viewer to completely comprehend it and focus on both storylines. And that is actually something that separates the movie from the original Austin Wright’s novel and the main factor that makes “Nocturnal Animals” an incredible piece of art that everyone must watch.

The second factor that magnificently supported this astounding direction and made this movie a masterpiece is, of course, the acting of the main characters. Amy Adams, although not one of my favourite actresses, not only did she come through with the role of the confused and low-profile ex-wife who already has problems of her own, but also she succeeded in perfectly impersonating the exact same reaction any reader would have while reading that kind of a book. Jake Gyllenhaal, on the other hand, is perfectly transformed into this guy whose entire life got ruined on a seemingly quiet and uneventful night and you can clearly see his struggle and all the stages of his grief while sympathizing with him as if you were in his shoes.

I can keep on going and blabbing about this amazing film forever. But I won’t. Because you, sir, need to watch it and experience it yourself so we can keep discussing it later in the comment section. Check out “Nocturnal Animals” and I promise you, you will enjoy every minute of it.

I’ll be back next Friday with another one of my favorite movies that you must watch.

Until then, leave your comments below and let us know what your thoughts on this movie are and if you enjoyed watching it.


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