While I understand why some critics felt that Tom Ford’s directorial debut, A Single Man, displayed a tendency for style over substance, it was a critique that never stood with me.
Certainly A Single Man is stylish, hyperbolically so, yet its attention to detail does little to undermine its emotional impact. In fact, for me, its lush approach to visuals serves to heighten the emotional rawness of the narrative.
Nocturnal Animals, his second feature, is once again adapted from a source text, and while the visuals look similarly sumptuous, the tone is decidedly removed from the heartfelt A Single Man. Seemingly frenzied and erratic, the narrative, featuring a subplot which details the plot of a novel, is far more complex than Ford’s previous effort and I am keen to see how he handles a meta-narrative style.
The cast are impressive, with Amy Adams as the art gallery owner who fixates on aforementioned thriller written by her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal). Given the rave reviews, I am anticipating a wider release.