Director: Tom Ford. Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Michael Sheen, Jena Malone. 116 min. Rated R. Drama/Thriller.
Art gallery owner runs into first-draft manuscript of a revenge novel. The novel's story is told parallel to flashbacks of the artist's own life, while we start wondering which revenge this movie is really about. I admit I was glued to the screen, but this used my major pet peeves to attract an audience: using shocking images (film opens with fat women dancing nude), and efforts to emotionally hurt the viewer (the same reasons I hated The Neon Demon so). Nocturnal Animals boasts great acting, but doesn't really leave you much afterthought, because it's the product of an inexperienced director.