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you were hoping for a movie about bats and badgers, then I’m afraid that I’m about to disappoint you. If, however, you were hoping for

a movie that’s dark, sinister, and twisted, then you are in for a treat this month, as we look at Nocturnal Animals.

Amy Adams plays Susan Morrow, a successful trendy-gallery owner. Despite her success, life is dull and monotonous for Susan. Until she receives a manuscript of a novel titled Nocturnal Animals written by her ex fella Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal), a man she hasn’t seen in nigh on 20 years since leaving her Texan hometown. Which is all a bit unnerving for her, considering that not only did she leave our would-be-author for another man, but she told him that she didn’t think he had the chops to be a writer – ouch. After that, I’d be expecting a flaming box of dog shit left on the doorstep, not a literary masterpiece. Curiosity soon gets the better of our Sue, and she’s quickly hooked by the dark tale of revenge, which revolves around a man (Gyllenhaal again) whose wife and daughter are kidnapped by road-thugs, and parallels between the story and her past become increasingly apparent.

Now, you may be thinking that we’re in

familiar thriller “he’s behind you with the duct tape and the chloroform” territory, but what you get instead is a meta-narrative movie with flashes of Lynch, splashes of Coen brothers, and dashes of post-body-horror Cronenberg. Written and directed by Tom Ford (A Simple Man), Nocturnal Animals looks and feels stylish yet unconventional. Powered by sterling acting performances, and some seriously sharp cinematography by Seamus McGarvey (Te Avengers, Black Mirror), this is an absorbing thriller full of tension and foreboding, that will at times make you question reality, the nature of vengeance, and why the hell Tom Ford hasn’t made more movies? So, if you’re the kind of night owl whose head spins with joy at the thought of violent, multi-levelled mysteries, then Nocturnal Animals is definitely the movie for you.


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