Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals ★★★

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The two stories on their own are good, but it's their connection with each other that loses me. I get what the movie is doing: the novel character's revenge on the gang for killing his wife and daughter is part of the real-life husband's revenge on his wife for killing his unborn child. But it's such a loose connection that I found very little cleverness to it. It could have done a lot more with the metaphors and made the connections a lot more direct while still being fun to decipher. For all of its dramatic flair, what it all amounts to isn't that deep for me.

It's excellently directed, well acted, suspenseful, and has some good core ideas lurking beneath, making it watchable and somewhat entertaining when I don't put too much thought into it. But beyond that, I don't think I'll care enough to think about this one for very long.

Also, those opening credits were obnoxious and pretentious.

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