Thursday, 15 December 2016


*Minor Spoilers*

Since trailers nowadays reveal almost everything, they are nothing but shame. Between the mixed and positive reviews, I decided to hit Nocturnal Animals with zero expectations, after i barely saw the poster and knew nothing except the leads.

The film being a thriller, shows a brief introduction of the play, later takes the audience where they would want to be in the First Act without wasting much time. There is no doubt that Amy adams is having the best year of her career. About to become 36, Jake Gyllenhaal has already proven us what he's capable of. While other actors/celebrities crawling and crippling just for the sake of reaching the Oscar Statuette, Gyllenhaal delivers his top-notch performance yet again with ease. Aaron Taylor-Johnson for a surprise and Michael Shannon, are amazing and providing equal supporting roles respectively. A rare occasion where we see such Intensive performances between the casts.

Breathtaking screenplay which speaks clear for itself and never tries to do too many things at once. Though most of the script is based on the novel but handling the parallel-intersecting narrative is made so viewer friendly; all kudos to the brilliance in editing. Stunning cinematography and Abel Korzeniowski's vintage touch in the score makes the thriller even more gripping.

After halfway through, wondering how the conclusion might be, in terms of quality. Because making something disappear isn't enough; you have to bring it back. that's why every trick has a third act, the hardest part, where the answer lies.. and Dir. Tom Ford plays the safe game.

As the end credits roll, I left my seat with a smile, asking the filmmaker in mind "So, this is your trump card?"

Verdict: Nocturnal Animals is a frightening-malicious thriller crafted so well that it leaves a heavy impression on the audience with its simple yet powerful plot. Whether it may or may not get the attention from the Academy, NA is arguably one of the best films of this year; and one of a kind.

Rewards Satisfaction when expectations are sacrificed.

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