Nocturnal Animals (2016)
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Pretty good. Amy Adams is killing it but Michael Shannon and Aaron Taylor Johnson took over ever7 scene they were in. The final scene was poignant but over saturated with the films score. It kind if took the bite away. Still a very solid film with one of the more disturbing and tense scenes I've seen in a long time.
Nocturnal Animals is a dense, rich film nominally about a woman (the always excellent Amy Adams) who receives a novel manuscript from her estranged ex-husband (the equally good Jake Gyllenhall), which takes her down memory lane and a deserted highway in West Texas. Memory and the hicksploitation thriller are treated as equals on screen, and on at least one level, the film is about how we invest ourselves in fiction, and make connections that aren't necessarily expected. Adams' character once told Gyllenhall's that he shouldn't write about himself, but perhaps she shouldn't READ about herself. But at its core, Nocturnal Animals is a drama about discomfort. Its (to me innocuous) opening sequence had several people leaving the theater in the first 2 minutes, and the thriller elements (bullying on a dark road, the persistent threat of rape, etc.) create more. And this is indeed about characters who are uncomfortable with themselves and their choices, who are filled with regret and powerlessness, and hopefully learn to move on. And for all the acting power brought to bear by the two leads, the supporting players - Micheal Shannon (well on his way to becoming one of my favorite actors) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson - steal the show.
Amy Adams ... always plays in good movies and always is annoying. Why?
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