Tom Ford's NOCTURNAL ANIMALS Discussion
I really liked A Single Man, and this is a very nicely put together trailer. Having read a summary of the plot, the narrative structure sounds like it has the potential to make for an intriguing film.
Went to a screening and Q&A w/ Tom Ford, and he said the opening credits wereWarning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Anyway, this was a lot of fun. Really tremendous suspenseful atmosphere throughout, keeps you on the edge of your seat. It's wildly ambitious and I don't know if it fully holds together, but it's definitely worth seeing. And in a cast of great performances (including a surprisingly threatening Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Michael Shannon steals it like a goddamn champion. And shout-out to the people at my screening who laughed in delight (and the one dude who actually briefly started applauding) at his first shot in the film. I clapped along in my heart.
Just got out of this. I think Dent is correct when he calls it "wildly ambitious, not sure if it fully holds together, but worth seeing." America's Greatest Living Actor Michael Shannon should definitely be in the Oscars conversation - I was surprised how different he was physically here, gaunt and lean as opposed to his usual broad-shoulders and hulking manner.
I keep thinking the best way to describe it is "a hot mess." The parts are very, very pretty, and the performances are excellent. I also highly admired a lot of the technical features - the cinematography, the costumes of course, the set design, and the music. I really admire Ford trying to do something tonally different from A SINGLE MAN, and sort of riff on Hitch/De Palma/Vertigo.
That ending, though. What up with that?
Also also, I think it's the first movie to take advantage of the verisimilitude of Amy Adams and Isla Fischer.
Not sure 'verisimilitude' is the right word there, unless you're saying they're notably realistic screen presences.
Yeah, "physical similarity" is what I was looking for. Though more to my point, it's interesting that as Susan is reading the book, she imagines Tony as her ex-husband, but Tony's wife as someone who just looks a lot like her. Subconsciously dissociating herself from a story she knows is commenting on her relationship with Edward?
I'm not watching them (Fallon's hosting which, ugh) - just saw the news on Twitter.
And yeah, he's good, but - Michael Shannon!
It's also really, really weird, because up until this point in the race Mahershala Ali has been absolutely dominating for Moonlight, and would be an extremely deserving winner.
Yeah. Ive always mistook to two of them for each other, so I had laugh when I found out that Isla Fischer was Adam's double in the movie.
I thought this was fucking fantastic.
On the ending: I think it works as the perfect way to end Susan's arc, namely to reject her attempts at reconciliation and go back to her days as a optimistic young girl. Its devasting how mundane it is, since i was expecting something far darker.
mmmm, it's such a bizarro mess. There are some really interested ideas at play here, but it feels like a movie hopping on one leg that never quite reaches its destination. Unless it's destination was to confuse the shit out of me.
I'm still trying to figure out what the fuck the opening had to do with... anything at all.
Ending was hilarious. Not sure what it means but I laughed. Michael fucking Shannon. Just a delight to watch. He should be headlining more and bigger films. But God this movie... so weird. On the one hand I was riveted by the book's story, on the other Amy Adams is just kind of wallpaper... I'm still not exactly sure what the point of her storyline was. Her relationship with Gyllenhaal wasn't all that fleshed out, so any parallels between them and the story she's reading were lost on me. It's like the book is telling a hidden narrative only she understands, since she's so caught up in it. I suppose him being "weak" ties into it, but again, since the movie isn't about him, and we never see much of their relationship, none of it resonated for me. Same with her becoming her mother... again, she spends most of the run time reading a fucking book, so there's little character development.
Looked pretty though.