Directed and co-written by Paul Dano, Wildlife, set in 1960s Montana is the story of a sixteen year-old boy who witnesses his parents’ marriage falling apart after his mother finds another man.
The Excellent cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Bill Camp, Ed Oxenbould…
I’m always happy to see Gyllenhaal on a cast list; so much so in fact that I was a little disappointed to not hear his voice at all in this trailer. Nevertheless, this looks pretty good and Mulligan is great.
I of course couldn’t help but think of Revolutionary Road (2008) as this trailer played.Blame the general look, feel and arguments.
In Stonger which is based on a true story, Jake Gyllenhaal plays Jeff Bauman, a victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Whilst struggling to recover from the devastating trauma, he helps the police track down the killers. Stronger is directed by David Gordon Green and also stars Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Clancy Brown…
I want to and will watch this because Jake Gyllenhaal is super and director David Gordon Green also directed one of my favourite films, Pineapple Express (2008). I kind of don’t want to see it because a) I just saw plenty in the trailer and b) I don’t want to watch too many movies that make me cry – a lot. I’m a sensitive soul, you understand and tears can be draining.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano and Lilly Collins are the stars of Okja, a Joon-Ho Bong directed movie about a young girl’s efforts to stop a huge multi national company from kidnapping her best friend, a massive animal named Okja…
The official trailer looks great, plus Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano are in this so not only am I hopeful, I can feel that it’s going to be great.
Nocturnal Animals which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Shannon and Isla Fisher is the second movie from fashion designer / movie director, Tom Ford. As an appreciator of Ford’s clearly wide-ranging creative abilities and a fan of the film’s highly talented cast, I was excited even before seeing the teaser trailer.
Without any doubt, Nocturnal Animals is a film well done, especially in terms of the actors and all that they were able to convey ever so convincingly. The story is engaging and it certainly left me incredibly grateful for my circumstances and experiences to date. However, even though the synopsis for Nocturnal Animals explains that ‘a wealthy gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale’, I still didn’t expect the nature of the very dark turn everything took quite early on in this movie.
Approximately fifteen minutes into Nocturnal Animals, I started to wonder if I was going to be able to continue watching further. Reason being, what was happening on screen was so intense, uncomfortable and scary, for anyone, butespecially from the point of view of a young female.
I enjoyed the cinematography and all the performances. I even found myself feeling particularly happy for Gyllenhaal because he got to play a character more vulnerable than any he’d ever played before. And since I’d become so used to seeing his characters mostly in control in his movies, seeing him with very little control made me want to stop watching and switch over to a movie where the people he played had more power. I.e. Nightcrawler (2014). I think this means 1) that I don’t enjoying watching suffering and 2) I may be too attached to my favourite actors and I mostly prefer to see them in roles where they get to win.
As a fan of his great work in Nowhere Boy (2009)especially, I’d also become comfortable with liking the characters played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Thanks to the Nocturnal Animals trailer, I knew that liking Taylor-Johnson’s character in Ford’s movie wasn’t going to happen, but my oh my did he play his role well.
In terms of the things I liked less about this movie, a part of me found the music and what looked like stills of the clouds / landscape a tad annoying. Also, some of the editing towards the end had me wishing that the story was told in a more traditional style, if only so I could follow things better. But my reaction to these seemingly little annoyances is nothing compared to how I felt immediately after the ending. ‘No! Mr Ford, No!’ I screamed as I slapped the wall to my right with frustration. ‘Are you really ending it there? I’m so mad at you for ending it there! Aaaaaaarrrrggg!!!’ Damn it, Tom! Nooooooooooooooo…! I continued for a good four minutes.
Maybe you won’t have reactions as strong as mine from beginning to end. But the best reasons for watching Nocturnal Animals include the brilliant performances and another presentation of Tom Ford’s enviable and inspiring creative gifts.
The latest trailer from super creative, Tom Ford has landed. Starring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals centres around an art gallery owner who’s haunted by her ex-husband’s violent thriller novel. One that she interprets as a veiled threat…
This one is a must watch because of Mr Ford and the rest of the brilliant film making team. I’m also equally excited and terrified to see what Aaron Taylor-Johnson does with his role
Lastly, what a year it’s proving to be for the lovely Amy Adams.
Isla Fisher Laura Linney and Armie Hammer also star.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s latest is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée a director known for Dallas Buyers Club (2013) and Wild (2014). Demolition is about the struggles of an investment banker after he loses his wife…
I saw the original trailer for Demolition a few months ago but that particular version didn’t quite sell the film to me. I remember getting a similar feeling to the one I experienced as I watched the trailer for Bradley Cooper’s Burnt (2015.
I like this version of the Demolition trailer better and I’ll be tuning in because it stars Jake Gyllenhaal. I’m also interested in finding out what it is that will eventually cause Davis Mitchell, the character Gyllenhaal plays to finally feel.
Chris Cooper, Heather Lind, Naomi Watts and Polly Draper also star.
Antoine Fuqua is the man in the director’s seat for Southpaw, the movie where Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Billy Hope, a successful boxer seeking redemption after an unbearable tragedy derails his life completely.
Gyllenhaal’s physical transformation is noticeably impressive but it comes second to everything he manages to achieve with his character’s emotional journey.
As you watch the movie, you may find yourself cursing testosterone for being the cause of at least one of the bad things that happens to Hope. However, what seems like an absence of good sense likely also plays a large part.
Overall, there’s nothing particularly surprising or refreshingly new in Southpaw. Though there is one key aspect of the plot that would have been a great surprise – had it not been revealed in the trailer months prior.
Watch Southpaw because you like the filmmaking team and you’re curious about the movie’s exploration of redemption, regret, second chances, starting over and of course, the sport of boxing.
Forrest Whitaker, Naomie Harris and Rachel McAdams also star.