Do you ever feel like your life has turned into something you never intended?
Those are the first words Amy Adams speaks, and with that we are off and running with a tale that explore the lines between love and cruelty, revenge and redemption.
There isn’t much to go on either from the film’s official summary or from the trailer. What we can tell is that Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal play the part of divorced couple. Unfortunately for him, Jake seems to have gotten the short end of the stick with Amy living it up in posh town and Jake slumming it in the desert.
Luckily the movie is based on the book Tony and Susan by Austin Wright, and we have the summary from the book jacket:
Fifteen years ago, Susan Morrow left her first husband Edward Sheffield, an unpublished writer. Now, she’s enduring middle class suburbia as a doctor’s wife, when out of the blue she receives a package containing the manuscript of her ex-husband’s first novel. He writes asking her to read the book; she was always his best critic, he says.
As Susan reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings, a math professor driving his family to their summer house in Maine. And as we read with her, we too become lost in Sheffield’s thriller. As the Hastings’ ordinary, civilized lives are disastrously, violently sent off course, Susan is plunged back into the past, forced to confront the darkness that inhabits her, and driven to name the fear that gnaws at her future and will change her life.
It’s a movie so don’t expect it to follow the book. There will be things added and things subtracted, and a director’s vision to change things even further. However, based on the first trailer it does seem to stick to some of the basic premises. Divorced couple, manuscript, murder, revenge, love, cruelty, and a possible decent into madness because what would a nighttime movie be without a bit of crazy.
I love these creepy, night movies that explore different aspects of the human psyche, glad we have at least one every Oscar season.
Nocturnal Animals hits theaters on December 9, 2016.
Directed by Tom Ford
Written by Tom Ford, based on the novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright
Starring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Karl Glusman, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Andrea Riseborough, Michael Sheen
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