Nocturnal Animals : Review
A stylish noir-thriller, almost Hitchcockian in parts, about life choices and mistakes that cannot be undone. There’s an unrelenting darkness that permeates the film from start to finish. The split-story structure is utilised perfectly with both of the strands delivering dramatic tension. In fact, a scene where a young family gets forced off the road by rednecks is almost unbearably tense. Amy Adams gives a strong central performance, icey and remote, she’s a flawed character but one who still seeks your empathy. Valuable support comes from Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon and a near-unrecognisable Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Cruel and bleak throughout, it’s the sort of film that practically forces you to watch something light-hearted afterwards just to take the edge off.