14A) Nocturnal Animals (TIFF 2016)
Running Time: 115 Minutes.
4 stars out of 4.
Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals might just be the best film of the year. Ford's follow-up to 2010's "A Serious Man," is a sexy, cerebral, beautiful, and incredibly violent look at love, relationships, and the true meaning of life. Ford, who wrote and directed the film, does a masterful job of balancing the "story within a story" structure of the film, and gives each actor, character, and story a moment (or a few moments) to shine and leave an impression. Amy Adams, as always, does a great job in the film. While, she spends most of her time "reacting" to what she is reading, Adams truly sells each moment, and as Susan, Adams delivers a believable and understated performance. Jake Gyllenhaal does double duty in the film, playing Susan's real life ex-husband, as well as the husband in the book Susan is reading. Likewise, as the primary antagonist of the film Aaron Taylor Johnson, delivers what might be the best performance in the film. He delivers a truly haunting and frightening character, and Taylor Johnson steals every moment that he is on screen playing the disturbed character. Nocturnal Animals is a film that hooked me from the beginning, and has kept me thinking about it, months after my initial screening of the film. The film truly is a work of art, as everything from the acting, to the writing, to the direction, to the cinematography & editing, and production design, all come together, to produce something that is truly spectacular and amongst the best films of the last decade. Nocturnal Animals is amongst the best film of the year and I encourage audiences everywhere to seek out this absolutely incredible piece of filmmaking.