Nocturnal Animals (2016) from Tom Ford & Amy Adams for Focus Features, published on the SBB film blog 21st November 2016.
Excerpt: “The portrayal of wilful evil and queasy justice is gripping – especially helped by Michael Shannon’s wild-eyed, chain-smoking Texan detective – but with so much melodramatic nastiness to contend with, I felt there wasn’t quite the right on-screen reflection to justify it. Ford attempts to connect the dots with intercut reaction shots from Susan (often in baths or showers, for some reason), and occasional flashbacks to her relationship with Edward – but these often feel randomly stitched together, without any significant meaning to the structure.
What this leaves you with is a tense, uncomfortable, immaculately produced couple of hours in your cinema seat, with a vague feeling that what you’re watching probably means a great deal to somebody.”
Read the full review on the SBB blog:
Director(s): Tom Ford
Writer(s): Tom Ford, Austin Wright
Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Andrea Riseborough, Michael Sheen