By Theda Scott (New York, New York)


An Opinion Piece

Can a film be considered “Good” or “A Must See” if you don’t comprehend the ending without discussion and contemplation? My quick response would be, of course not. However, after watching Tom Ford’s newest movie, Nocturnal Animals my impromptu remark is debatable.

There is something so wildly captivating that allowed me to watch with complete abandon. The appropriate saturation of color and intense darkness at the right moment was distinctly engaging. The film was so beautifully shot that each visual image told the story without listening to the words. Consider a dark poem in motion. Do I listen or do I just watch; I asked myself.

What’s the debate, you might ask! The debate is what is the actual take away from the movie. Is Nocturnal Animals a story of revenge; or the bondage of material wealth and privilege; or the evil side of people; or is it a glimpse of how life can intersect and collide no matter who we are or what we have. Is Nocturnal Animals making the statement that none of us are exempt from the desperation of hurt in any form; be it financial, social, or illness. Both dark and light surrounds our existence and we either decide to glide, stroll, walk, run, or sit but we all make a choice. That choice holds us captive or can provide freedom depending who we are.

Technically there are two stories; but I say there are three tales that make up the story: A look back at a painfully broken relationship; the second is a book written that depicts the emotional gut wrenching pain surrounding that broken relationship. Last, but not least, the third that ties in with the first is “in the moment” viewpoint that ties everything together. There is an ambiguousness because there is only one person’s perspective throughout the film and she is unsure of herself. The line that really reveals her struggle is below.

“I think that to be really really good you have to come from some place inside that I’m just not sure I have.”

This isn’t a review or critique in the classic or formal sense, I didn’t read the book that this movie was based on. I didn’t research the writer and director. This is what I refer to as my “An Opinion Piece”. This may be a little to abstract for some; however, Nocturnal Animals can be looked at as a salute to the artistry of abstract. A lot like walking through MOMA, some works of art you love and others you don’t necessarily care for but it was a delightful and insightful experience none the less.

Is Nocturnal Animals a “must see” movie? That is your choice. If you want a movie that will keep you on the edge of the seat for the entire movie, save your money. IF you want to grasp the story line and plot during the opening frame and be hand fed the plot and sequences so you know what is happening, this is not your kind of film. If you want an ending that explains things and ties it up in a little bow; you will be very disappointed. If you want to experience a mesmerizing adventure in storytelling that shines a light on dissatisfaction, relationships, and unpredictably in life; while at the same time absorbing the genius use of metaphors; then sit back and enjoy this first- class ride. Unlike the character, Susan Marrow, Tom Ford, has once again gone to a place from inside to bring us something that is really, really, good and I thank him.

Rating: 4/5



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