Oscars Countdown: Nocturnal Animals

Good evening, dear fellow movie lovers! We are ready with yet another Oscar nominated movie for you with a different genre from the last two Oscar reviews: Nocturnal Animals. I had been wanting to watch this movie for quite some time after seeing who the cast members are – and, hey! It turned out that Jake Gyllenhaal is one of them, a guy I’ve been very fond of lately because I feel I discovered a pearl in a sea full of Hollywood actors. Well, I have no idea what I’m talking about right now, and before I get too cheesy and metaphorical (which clearly isn’t going well for me), let me introduce to you a Golden Globe Winner and Oscar nominee Nocturnal Animals by Tom Ford.

This thriller is a story inside a story where we follow the beautiful (I can’t stress this enough) and successful Susan who is in an unhappy marriage with a douchebag but is still on (kinda?) good terms with her ex-husband whom she left 20 years earlier. One day, her ex-husband Edward, an aspiring writer sends her a copy of his upcoming book Nocturnal Animals asking for her opinion, as the book is dedicated to her. As Susan reads the book, we follow the manuscript, which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns into his worst nightmare.

Although the movie seems a bit strange to begin with, it gets extremely catchy when the manuscript of Edward’s book begins, and I have to say that I am left with a very sad feeling after watching this movie because it is so intense in a very frustrating way. This only goes to show that Tom Ford manages to narrate Susan’s story and Edward’s book in such a manner that it just leaves you in a trance-like state wanting more. But here’s where this movie fails: you’re just left with that feeling thinking “okay, and now what?” – there is no closure, no questions being answered, and you have to think much more than necessary if you wanna analyze the ending and figure out what happens next. To sum up: albeit an interesting and very catchy story, you end up feeling frustrated because there’s just something missing.

Nocturnal Animals is only nominated for one Oscar – Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Michael Shannon which is well-deserved for the scene stealing performance he delivers as the sheriff. I also have to mention Aaron Tylor-Johnson for his incredible performance as the vile Ray who makes you hate him more than anything in the world. It’s hard to believe that Aaron is the husband of the person behind 50 Shades of Sh*t… Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal also live up to their standards, Amy portraying a successful woman who is more vulnerable that one might imagine, while Jake, once again, shows that he has grown a lot as an actor in the last five years. And for the record, look at all the stills of Amy Adams! She literally looks like she was taken out from a Vogue shoot. *woman crush forever*.

While I appreciate a good thriller, Nocturnal Animals is nothing compared to many thrillers I’ve watched and it can very well be described like sex without an orgasm – fine but you’re left unsatisfied. Therefore, my final verdict will be 3 out of 5 clapperboards for a very catchy and intense story as well as a great cast that did perfectly in their respective roles, but damn could this movie could’ve been good had it had a clearer ending.


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