Nocturnal Animals – brace yourself for brilliance

The new film from writer/director Tom Ford, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, looks a thrilling and unmissable drama.

Brace yourself because writer/director Tom Ford’s new film NOCTURNAL ANIMALS looks absolutely brilliant. From the adoring buzz that accompanied its first screening at the recent Venice film festival, to the ‘wow’ that I uttered when I saw its teaser trailer this weekend, get 4th November in your diary as that’s when it receives its UK release.

Telling two very different stories, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS firstly concerns Amy Adams‘ Susan, an art gallery owner who rarely sleeps. When a manuscript arrives at her ostentatious Los Angeles house, dedicated to her from Jake Gyllenhaal‘s Edward, her ex-husband, she starts a troubling journey of re-examination into exactly who she is. Because as Susan reads the manuscript, we get to see its story played out. Edward embodies the role of Tony Hastings, a father who is forced to confront his own moral code when the holiday he’s taking with his family suddenly spirals into violence. This leads him into contact with both Aaron Taylor-Johnson‘s brutal Ray Marcus and Michael Shannon‘s sheriff Bobby Andes. But as we work through the events of the novel, what about what’s going on in Susan’s life?

The first-look trailer that’s just been released, following the movie’s premieres at both Venice and Toronto, is really quite something – thrilling but disquieting stuff from this burgeoning writer/director whose very well received 2009 debut was A Single Man. And as with Ford’s first film, here again, you have a collection of superb actors at the very top of their game. Amy Adams seems to project a wonderful, dark melancholy as Susan. Jake Gyllenhaal looks as though he’s delivering another spectacularly nuanced performance (or rather two!) as both Edward and Tony. Michael Shannon shows us once again why he’s one of the most riveting screen actors to watch right now as the troubled sheriff and Aaron Taylor-Johnson gives the strong impression he is much more than just the sociopath we think it Ray is.

“Nobody gets away with what you did. Nobody.”

Take a look at what I mean…