"When you love someone you have to be careful with it, you might never get it again." A woman recieves a book written by her ex-husband, which details a violent revenge story, and puts her relationships in perspective. I was hyped for Nocturnal Animals since it stars three of my favorite actors: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michael Shannon. I didn't know much going in, but as the credits rolled I was shaken. If you love the art of filmmaking and are unafraid to confront the harsher sections of reality in a complex narrative, you have to see this film. Before I get into spoiler territory, I'll say that if you havn't seen it, Nocturnal Animals knocked La La Land out of my list of the top five films released it 2016. It may even have gone up to the top of that list. Now, some spoilers here... Nocturnal Animals is about several diffrent things, its narrative is controlled by Adams as she reads the more thematic story, so not only is the story about her and her life, but it's also about the relationship between fact and fiction. We see the "fiction" as harsh, realistic, and brutal, since in the fiction we are confronting the story of a man who's family is raped and then murdered. But, in "reality" the people around Adams are complaining about little things and nothing seems to have any value to them. In fact, people in "reality" seem to act more like fictional characters than the people in the book. It shows the process of a reader interpreting a novel, realizing which parts are related to their own life -like the death of the novel's protagonists family is relating the authors wife abandoning him- and which parts are too good to be true -like the cop who stretches and breaks the law to see the killers meet justice. Art and reality have a compatible relationship in Nocturnal Animals. Tragedy in fiction is used to expose tragedy in real life, and beautiful photography is used by the director to accentuate the harder scenes. Technical prowess aside, Ford has a wonderful and professional cast who bring their best to the film. It's really a remarkable, thoughtful, bleak, and exceptional experience!