This 2016 movie might or might not be one of the best, but it is without a doubt one of the most interesting. Or maybe I should say “least boring.” I don’t know why I sound like that. Kind of, a little bit. “Nocturnal Animals” is a picture that is meant to stay with you a little bit, and it is also a work of amazing skill.
Writer/director Tom Ford sometimes says what he wants to say so strongly that you’d think he wouldn’t be happy if the movie didn’t make you angry at least a little bit.
Nocturnal Animals Cast
- Susan Morrow, who is rich and lives in Los Angeles and owns an art gallery, is played by Amy Adams.
- Jake Gyllenhaal plays Edward Sheffield, the writer who used to be married to Susan but broke up with her.
- Armie Hammer plays Hutton Morrow, Susan’s second husband who has been ignoring her.
- Alex, a receptionist, is played by Zawe Ashton, who is Susan’s daughter.
- Neil Jackson, a young worker, played Christopher.
- Kristin Bauer van Straten, who works for Susan, plays Samantha Van Helsing.
- Sage Ross is played by Susan’s young coworker Jena Malone.
- Christopher is played by Neil Jackson.
What Happens in the Story?
The plot is called a “story within a story.” In the first part, a woman named Susan gets a book manuscript from her ex-husband, whom she left 20 years ago, asking for her opinion.
The second part of the story is based on the real manuscript, “Nocturnal Animals,” which is about a man whose vacation with his family turns violent and deadly.
It also keeps going with Susan’s story. She thinks about her first marriage and has to face some dark truths about herself.
Release Date of Nocturnal Animals
At the 73rd Venice International Film Festival on September 2, 2016, Nocturnal Animals was shown for the first time anywhere in the world. The film was also shown at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2016, and at the BFI London Film Festival on October 14, 2016. There, the movie came out in theatres on November 18, 2016.
How Do “Nocturnal Animals” End?
Susan’s life is finally empty and meaningless after all the years she spent looking for things. Edward is aware of this. He puts everything he knows into his book, which he gives to Susan. She liked the book and the way it was written right away, so she sent Edward an email asking if they could meet.
Edward says that he will be in town soon and asks Susan to just say When and Where. This is not like Edward at all, but the way he asks the question makes it sound like he’s going to show up as the charismatic hero Susan needs him to be at the place and time she chooses.
Susan is now in Edward’s position, where her husband is cheating on her with another woman in New York (in the lift scene with the lady, Susan hears the liftman mention her husband’s floor to the other woman).
At this point, Susan feels very bad about what she has done and wants to make things right with Edward. You could ask for forgiveness, or you could even try to run away with Edward.
At the end of Nocturnal Animals, Susan goes to a fancy restaurant and wears a green dress that makes her look seductive. You can tell she’s happy and excited about meeting Edward and possibly getting back together with him. But because she cares about money, she still picks a fancy restaurant for the meeting. She is very excited to see Edward at the restaurant. Through the book, Edward shows in a sneaky way how sad he was when he lost his wife and daughter.
He only wanted to tell Susan what happened. Edward not showing up to meet Susan is the final blow. Susan figures out what’s going on. Edward has given Susan a small but strong ray of hope on purpose to give her life more meaning.
He lets Susan’s hopes rise, but then he dashes them all by not showing up. In the end, she feels the pain. She does, yes. She sinks under the weight of the rest of her meaningless life. Edward is weak no longer.
He just told her that he’s done well without her and that she has nowhere to go. Tony also dies in the book, right? Maybe the part of Edward that still loves Susan also dies.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Nocturnal Animals have a Twist?
Tony follows Ray to the shack where he killed Laura and India and makes him admit to his crimes. Tony kills the bad guy with a gun, but Ray blinds him when he hits him in the head with a fire poker.
2. Why Did Nocturnal Animals End the Way they Did?
The movie starts like a typical revenge movie, but in the end, it turns everything on its head. Maybe it’s trying to tell us that getting justice is never easy and that in the real world, there are always people who get hurt in the process.
3. In Nocturnal Animals, Who is the Father of Susan’s Daughter?
She was tired of Edward and wanted to start over. By telling a lie about Samantha’s father, Edward can stay out of her life and she doesn’t have to get an abortion. It’s a win-win situation for Susan. Also, “Nocturnal Animals” doesn’t explain how Susan cheats on Edward with Hutton but is sure that Edward is the father of her child.