Highly Suspect Reviews: Nocturnal Animals | One of Us

Highly Suspect Reviews: Nocturnal Animals

1 Submitted by on Thu, 17 November 2016, 11:59

Director Tom Ford (A Simple Man) takes us through a film that has a film inside it and then kinda another prequel film to boot. Amy Adams is rich, beautiful, successful, but kinda dead inside. When her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal) sends her an advance copy of his new book that is dedicated to her, she is swept up in its violent narrative even as she starts to realize that its emotional subtext of deep anger and regret is directed at her.

The real question is: is this the big Oscar hopeful that Focus Features is hoping for? We have some thoughts on that. Listen to Chris, Kyle, and Mike break it all down for you.


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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.
  • Travis Pickle

    This worked so well because of the juxtaposition of the mundane main plot and the extremes of the book story and is elevated even further by the flashbacks. It’s rare to sit in a theatre and be challenged and entertained these days which this and Arrival did so well and Amy Adams who I hadn’t really noticed before has blown me away this year! Jake and Shannon are effortless and rather than this feeling overly complex to me it felt straightforward and shockingly precise, both the book as a way of exacting literary revenge and the quiet horror of how we can hurt each other in seemingly mundane and everyday ways was so well threaded together it’s quite remarkable, in fact it’s strengths seem to be that very illusive ability to give each viewer a different experience which only makes it more impressive to me and will mature even further with repeat viewings. 9/10 ominous coughs