5 Things We Learned From Tom Ford’s ‘Nocturnal Animals’
Fashion icon/legend/master/mogul Tom Ford has once again leant his creative eye to the moving image in his latest feature film, Nocturnal Animals. Though a far cry from his screen debut, A Single Man, Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals still possesses the excruciatingly beautiful shots we would expect from the aesthete.
The story goes: Art dealer Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) receives a manuscript from her ex husband Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal) and the more involved she gets as she reads, the more the story’s fictional world blends with her reality.
Now, we love any occasion where it’s acceptable to down inordinate amounts of popcorn and snacks. After studying the glorious film, here’s what we learned:
1. Tom Ford’s still got it.
Master of Perfection. There’s tension, there’s suspense, there’s Ford’s trademark dark glamour and interesting film angles. It’s sublime. The whole thing’s a sublime treat for the eyes.
2. It’s a lot like Inception.
In that there’s a story within a story, and plenty o’ plot strands. For example Adams’s character Susan visualises her ex hubby’s manuscript as she’s reading, where there’s Susan and Edward’s doppelganger’s playing the main characters. Meanwhile there’s flashbacks of Susan and Edward’s former life.
Yeah, you better keep up, ‘cuz Ford will leave you in his glittery film dust if you’re not paying attention.
3. Turns out Nocturnal Animals is a psychological drama based on Austin Wright’s 1993 novel, Tony and Susan
Lil’ bit of trivia for you, pet.
4. There is such a thing as being too perfect.
Case in point: Armie Hammer’s character, Hutton, who is protagonist Susan’s suave-but-sinister husband; a silver-tongued devil, shall we say. On a larger scale, as fabulous as the film is, with Ford’s polish gleaming all over the flawless product, this is simultaneously it’s only downfall. There’s no moments of awkwardness or anything left un-curated.
So the entire thing, while being incredibly powerful, doesn’t have those moments of rawness that connects you as an audience member to what you’re watching.
5. That said, long live the neo-noir genre.
Add Ford’s Nocturnal Animals to the top of the pile of films forming the relatively new, super-suspenseful neo-noir genre. Other titles in this category include Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2016 Neon Demon (actually, any of his films will do), Match Point (2005), Basic Instinct (1992), The Black Dahlia (2006), and Sin City (2005). Because, research.