Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Wow. Just wow.

I knew a complete nothing about this film before watching it other than it being incredibly stylish. 'Nocturnal Animals' truly is one of the most stylish films in recent times, and it is also one of the most intriguing. The whole thing is like a big painting and it details every single event with such fine intricacy and finesse. Honestly, I loved this movie. I think the thing that gripped me most is how unclear things are and that Ford wants the audience to piece things together to feel a part of the narrative. In this, we are presented with a lot of confusion and then it's our task to find out the story and with such an unclear ending, I think this is something that may be discussed for quite some time. I also believe that, in the future, this will come to be even more appreciated than it already is. Something that I must point out is that I think that this film may have needed to be a bit longer to really explore Amy Adams' character because, despite her being the lead, she doesn't feature as much as we might hope. She performs excellently but we just don't get enough of it. On the other hand, we get plenty of Jake Gyllenhaal and he shines very, very bright. If this proves anything, it is that he is potentially the most underrated actor in the world. He is fantastic and his range is incredible. However, what we get the most from is his portrayal of weird, eery and creepy characters. We aren't given a lot about his character but we are left wondering 'what on Earth is going on with him?' His character bounces from Shannon's and it's evident that they should work together again. Overall, a must-watch for any fan of movies.


The one thing I always find difficult is not to include spoilers for films. It's so hard when you can become so engrossed in a film and all you want to do is talk about it and re-live that experience through conversation. This is definitely one of those cases. It was just fantastic and I truly enjoyed this movie and I really want to know what people think about the ending. I know I will be spending some of my free time finding different theories about it because it is so ambiguous. I just can't quite put it into words because I'm not 100% sure if what I think is right.


Duration: 1h 56 mins.


Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon & more…


Certificate: 15.


Released: 4 November 2016 (UK).


My Rating: 8.4/ 10.


Available to buy/ rent on Amazon Prime Video, Google Play Movies and Apple TV.


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