Portentous Trailer For Tom Ford's NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
Tom Ford's sophomore feature scratches many itches while adapting Austin Wright's 1993 novel for the big screen. It is challenging populist entertainment, garnished with Lynchian genre elements, but done with the kind of top-shelf craft one expects out of Hollywood, and is pitched at adults instead of teenagers. It is going to be filed under art-house.
Pay no attention to labels, though. This is engaging, imposing filmmaking, of the kind that usually comes from Jonathan Glazer, P.T. Anderson, or David Fincher. And while one cannot see everything at a large international film festival, I did manage to catch almost 50 films at TIFF this year, and this was the best thing I saw.
An art gallery owner, Susan Morrow (Amy Adams), is haunted by her ex-husband's (Jake Gyllenhaal) new novel which she is sent via post to her, prior to its publication. Tom Ford and his editor Joan Sobel weave Susan's memories of her courtship with her husband 20 years prior, with the violent thriller of the novel and the malaise of her current failing marriage to a businessman (Armie Hammer). Don't sweat the details, it is the construction therein that is the thing.
Nocturnal Animals opens in New York and Los Angeles on November 18th and goes into limited release in other select markets (dang you arthouse pidgeonholing!) on November 23rd. Check out the trailer below.