Don’t be fooled by the trailer: Nocturnal animals is *not* a gripping thriller with a Hitchcockian atmosphere. Though certain scenes are definite nail-biters, the whole spectrum of this weird movie will leave you with more questions than answers after leaving the cinema … and not in a good way!
Nocturnal animals tells two separate stories in two entirely different worlds that, at first, have nothing in common with each other. But, as mentioned above, the mixing of these different worlds is not very well done. Either that … or the whole thing is too artsy for my taste!
The story is about a wealthy gallery owner creating some very disturbing modern art (which, to my personal taste, she rightfully calls ‘junk’) who reads a novel of a friend. The novel that the female artist begins to read … is actually our second story. Still with me?
The biggest problem of Nocturnal animals is how the first story of the artist is immensely boring. Here’s a woman who creates art that’s absolutely disgusting and shocking!
The opening credits of the movie leave no doubt: this is *not* a movie for children or the faint of heart. Four ugly, obese women stand on higher platforms shaking their old boobs, bottoms and every other piece of body-fat around, like the whole thing was some amateurish soft-porn video … yuck!!
Fortunately, the second story is far more interesting! It’s actually a pretty heavy road-movie/drama where a vacation of a small family suddenly becomes a nightmare when the mother and the daughter are taken by three rednecks.
What happens next will surely catch your attention … but since we know that everything about this story is fiction – it IS after all the book the female artist is reading – it really doesn’t matter who lives or dies. They’re just characters written down on paper.
It’s a pity the movie contains so many lame scenes, especially with actress Amy Adams being a lifeless humdrum who seems like she lost all joy to live.
Do we really wanna spend our precious time in a theater watching depressing stories about people who wish they were dead?
The two work flawlessly as a pair, especially with the first one being all emotional … and the second guy being the cool cop.
The best acting of the lot is from Aaron Taylor-Johnson who completely disappears in his role. Remember the cool kid who wanted to be a superhero in Kick-Ass? Or the actual superhero who could run faster than time in the Marvel-blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron?
This cool kid has finally grown up! And now he’s a dirty human scum who scares little girls … and stalks women for fun. Very raw, yes, but great acting nonetheless!
Nocturnal animals isn’t a bad movie … but it’s the kind of artsy, non-Hollywood drama that was made for small theaters. Back in the ’50s, this movie might’ve made any sense.
Nowadays, it’s just too weird for today’s moviegoing audiences around the world … and on a more personal note: a BIG waste of time!
Did you know?
Director Tom Ford has established in interviews that the ending is intended to be interpreted subjectively by the viewer.
Give it to me short:
Nocturnal animals isn’t a thriller. It’s not even a drama. It’s a very slow and confusing telling of two different stories that cannot co-exist in the same movie. One part – the part of the woman who creates disturbing art – is as boring as watching four obese women shake their boobies around. The other part – the part of a family being haunted by a couple of lowlife criminals – is very interesting … but we know this story is pure fiction, because it comes from a book. The very book the art-woman is reading …
Somehow we are led to believe both stories share any similarities, but it’s all a little too far-fetched. Trying to make sense out of this movie feels like studying. Correct me if I’m wrong but … wasn’t the purpose of watching a movie ‘to be entertained’? And being a drama is *no* excuse for no entertainment – there’s loads of drama that are very fun to watch (The Godfather and The Green Mile are two of those).
Whatever Nocturnal animals tried to do … it’s not working! The story about the family on the road is actually good – and perhaps the movie should’ve focused on that part alone – because anything and everything about the Amy Adams-bit drags the tension right out of the movie … what a shame … this could’ve been something special.
Instead, it’s boring. And confusing! It’s just … what IS this that I just watched???