Macabre at its prettiest – Nocturnal Animals Review

Getting over the opening credits takes time. A long time…

Nocturnal Animals, based on the 1993 Tony And Susan, is not something you’ll forget in a hurry. This Amy Adams-lead flick blends thriller and romance in a non-linear structure. But it’s no Pulp Fiction. Granted the events are out of order but the blend is more sublime. The closer you watch, the more attention you pay to it, the better the story makes sense. And its quite a treat to see that being pulled off.

The movie starts when Adams receives a manuscript sent to her by her ex-husband (played by Gyllenhaal) titled, you guessed it, Nocturnal Animals. The majority of the movie follows the story from the manuscript (a really dark, well-directed and bone-chilling segment), its effects on Amy and thrown in are some flashback sequences of the protagonist and the writer’s past.

The performances of everyone involved are top-notch, special praise goes to Aaron Taylor-Johnson for pulling off a despicable and mentally sick individual. Michael Shanon as the virtuous detective is brilliant, Gyllenhaal shines in parts where his character lets it explode and Amy plays her part quite subtly. The way this movie hits its point with a gut-wrenching punch is a delight. This is a dark tale filled with macabre and is beautiful to look at.

Rating : 3.5/5

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