Five Reasons You’ll Love It - March 10, 2017

Nocturnal Animals – Five Reasons You’ll Love It
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Nocturnal Animals – Five Reasons You’ll Love It

Deeply disquieting yet beautiful to look at, writer/director Tom Ford’s new thriller Nocturnal Animals is that rarest of movies: one with few parallels in contemporary film.

That alone makes it extraordinary. But there is more, much more.

Its story is at once simple and not. Successful art dealer Susan is caught in a bad marriage which is unravelling other aspects of her life. Out of the blue, a manuscript arrives from her estranged first husband, Edward. Dedicated to her, the novel details a horrendous event which spooks Susan but also triggers painful introspection about her life choices. Is Edward’s novel Susan’s ticket to redemption? If only it were thus...

Revealing any more would be a spoiler, but suffice to say that, based on an advance screening, we recommend Nocturnal Animals in the strongest possible way ahead of its released on DVD (March 13th, you can pre-order it on the right-hand side of the page). Here are just five of the many reasons why.

Its look is breath-taking…

If you didn’t know director Tom Ford cut his teeth as a fashion designer, you’d probably guess as much. The film is mesmerizingly lovely and painstakingly assembled. Everything – sets, costumes, lighting, camera angles – seem designed (curated maybe in current parlance… ) to captivate. Ford’s directorial debut, A Single Man from 2009, was gorgeous; Nocturnal Animals even more so. Every frame is a picture.

The opening sequence will upend you…

Again, no spoilers here. But did you see Michael Fassbender’s 2011 sex addict film, Shame? Remember the opening sequence and how it made you feel? Yup, it’s just like that... only weirder and with more nudity.

The cast... 

Amy Adams is not what anyone would describe as ‘chilly’ and yet here – as the haunted and broken art dealer Susan – her chill is palpable. Also excellent is Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon (duh) plus Laura Linney in a small but lid-lifting role.

L.A. has never looked so sinister…

Thanks to Ford’s powerful aesthetic sense, you won't regard the city quite the same way again.

The ending is quietly devastating…

Which is to say that, unlike most Hollywood films, you won’t be clubbed over the head with it. You may even ponder multiple possible scenarios. And many might be right. But you won’t be left untouched.


Nocturnal Animals is released on DVD on Monday (March 13th) and is available to purchase here in hmv's online store. 

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