Nocturnal Animals debuted at the Venice Film Festival on the 2nd September with an official release date pegged for November 18th. Starring Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Jake Gyllenhaal and Aaron-Taylor Johnson, it looks to be a major contender come awards season. As part of the promotional process, four posters have been released detailing each member of the cast.
The many-layered revenge thriller concerns an art gallery owner (Amy Adams) who grows concerned when she reads her ex-husbands novel, one which she interprets to be a veiled threat upon her life. The posters for the film have a suitable look appropriate to its metafictional themes, showing the actors faces obscured by plain white paper. Take a look below:
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What's Different About These Posters?
Whilst posters consisting merely of actors headshots are nothing new, the way that their faces have been crossed out as if they have been on the side of a subway station wall for too long gives us an excellent indication of the themes of the movie, which rely on genre-bending, duplicity and not knowing as much about someone as you initially thought.
Cleverly, on the white parts are printed the title of the movie and the actor playing the role, suggesting that the name of an actor is more important than the character he or she inhabits, perhaps slyly commenting on the elusiveness of fame? Additionally, the title — Nocturnal Animals — also leads the viewer to believe that these may be people you think you know, but at nighttime they turn into completely different beasts altogether. For one, it makes me excited to see the film.
What Have Critics Been Saying About The Film?
After debuting at Venice, the response from critics has been overwhelmingly positive, strongly boosting the Oscar hopes of this Focus Features-produced film. Ben Croll of Indiewire calls it "a meta-textual riddle that is almost as pleasurable to reflect on as it to actually watch", whilst Owen Gleiberman of Variety says it contains:
"more than enough refined dramatic excitement to draw awards-season audiences hungry for a movie that’s intelligent and sensual at the same time."
Yet the highest praise was bestowed upon the film by The Hollywood Reporter, with critic Tom Rooney writing that:
With Amy Adams long overdue an Oscar (with five nominations), Jack Gyllenhaal being previously nominated for Brokeback Mountain and recently wowing in Southpaw and Nightcrawler, Michael Shannon being called the best actor of his generation by Werner Herzog, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson slowly making his name as one of the best young actors, this two-part, four-hander is sure to make an impression once it hits theatres on the 18th November.
Will You Be Going To See It?