Nocturnal Animals is one of the best films I’ve seen in a very long time. Stylistically it’s a cross between Michael Mann’s Heat and the Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Man, as the two distinct and seemingly disparate narratives interweave and their relationship to one another becomes clearer. Adapted from a critically-acclaimed but overlooked novel from the early 90’s, it is directed with skill and passion by Tom Ford and achieves an emotional intensity I have not felt in years. Amy Adams proves once again that she is the best actress of her generation, Jake Gyllenhall is utterly convincing throughout, and Michael Shannon continues to be a glowering and unsettling screen presence, the likes of which we’ve not seen since Klaus Kinski. Special mention must go to the soundtrack by Abel Korzeniowski, which enhances the mood and the drama without overwhelming it. I cannot recommend this highly enough, especially if, like me, you had all but given up on the Hollywood machine being able to produce anything but shit.
Abel Korzeniowski – Table For Two (Nocturnal Animals soundtrack)