Ford follows up with an ambitious multilayered Thriller.
I have to begin by stating that the visuals in the opening credits are uniquely symbolic, yet at the same time so obscene that I kid you not, 10% of the auditorium did not make it through the opening credits. And I should warn: if you’re the type of viewer that starts munching as soon as the credits start rolling, you’re ability to hold your food down may be tested. And while that alone may stir your curiosity, what follows after is a tense story that unravels through present and past events which are re-channeled through a cruel fiction of love and crime.
To me, Nocturnal Animals is a true piece of art: subjective, yet eloquently told through moments of self reflection, despair and actions that lead to repercussions that feel as real as life itself. The film is riddled with statements and metaphors that ring true to me personally. And looking back as I write this, I am impressed with how Ford takes these bits of life and forms this intriguing story.
The way each character is approached and performed, just adds to the level engagement; but my opinion aside, Michael Shannon undoubtedly steals the show! His performance alone is worth the price of admission; remarkable stuff. This one is definitely a contender for my top films of 2016.