Hollywood that just ends up being gold.
Nocturnal Animals is one such flick.
There are going to be SPOILERS below, because it's hard to discuss this movie without delving into that territory, so maybe skip "The Bad" section so as not to ruin the movie for yourselves.
|READING. YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG.|
|"I AIN'T DONE RAPED NOBODY WHO AIN'T KIN."|
Some genuinely satisfying "take that!" revenge ensues.
|THAT'S WHAT YOU GET!|
This is a gritty movie, and a psychologically demanding one, but it's really the emotional weight of the story, and the baggage carried by the characters that make it so harrowing, albeit on a completely different level than we had imagined before seeing it.
It's Neo-Noir done at the highest level, and it's exactly the kind of movie that we crave.
The more I think about it, the more I really loved the ending of this movie. Without giving anything away (we've saved the spoilers for the section below), Amy Adams' journey throughout Nocturnal Animals, and especially the place she ends up in the last scene, is so damn fitting that it hurts.
This was definitely Amy Adams' movie, and she does her usual stellar work here; and Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon pull their weight equally well (especially Shannon, who killed his role in a big way) but for us it was Aaron Taylor-Johnson who stole the show with his intense and creepy turn in this one. In a movie that boasts such a stellar cast doing really solid work, that's saying something.
|YOU JUST CAN'T BEAT THIS MAN FOR INTENSITY.|
As much as we loved the movie as a group, I also found this movie to be challenging, because it's a bit too high-minded for its own good. Most Thrillers have to come with a shocking twist or two, that's just how it goes, but I am not a big fan of movies that offer twists which negate what I've just experienced. The twists at the end of Nocturnal Animals are well done and intriguing, and they serve the narrative well, but they also negate everything that happened throughout the movie... because those things never happened. It's all an allegory in book form, written by one character to another, to convey his feelings about being dumped, and to get some sort of psychological revenge against the woman who broke his heart.
Again, it works well, and makes for an excellent, emotional narrative, but man does it ever suck when all kinds of cool and intense things happen in a movie, only to find out that none of it ever really happened.
***END OF SPOILERS***
|KEEP DRINKING, IT WON'T HELP.|
|SORRY AARON, BUT THAT'S INDOOR BUSINESS, MAN.|
|HE CAME TO BRING THE PAIN.|
|...WHILE AMY ADAMS REMAINS FULLY CLOTHED. WHERE IS THE JUSTICE!|
Go see it.
Nocturnal Animals is in theaters now.
Amy Adams, the things you do to us...