I wouldn’t necessarily say that reviewing is something I do, especially on my blog, but I haven’t stopped thinking about Nightcrawler since I watched it on Saturday. I can hear the wheels turning in your head, thinking somehow that might be a good thing, but that’s where you’d be wrong.
We rented the movie from Redbox after scanning a few titles, and even though I had a niggling thought in the back of my brain telling me it probably wasn’t going to be a very happy movie, I hit rent anyway and soon enough, the movie was spurting out the side of the Redbox and we were on our way home to watch it.
About two hours later, I was wishing I had listened to that voice in my head telling me not to. The hard part is that the movie was well made, the acting was fantastic and there were some really amazing cinematic moments. But I was left feeling sick to my stomach and wondering if there are really people like this in the world even though we all know the answer is yes.
Lou Bloom, played rather brilliantly by Jake Gyllenhaal, is a thief who finds his way into L.A. crime journalism. It’s disturbing in the rather casual way in which Bloom inserts himself into crime scenes in order to photograph them and it quickly takes some rather dark turns. I also enjoyed Rene Russo, holy shit does she look good for her age, and how her character interacted with Gyllenhaal’s. One minute it had me laughing and the next I was shaking my head, asking my boyfriend why the hell we were still watching it. Bloom is a character I found myself wondering if I should cheer for but soon realized that’s not at all what I should be doing. He was creepy and yet he would say things that made absolute sense which in turn made me laugh because there was no way they should make sense in the context they were used. I think one commenter on IMDb called it a dark satire and I absolutely agree.
I literally wanted to wipe my brain clean and unsee what I had watched when it was over. Is that what they say a good movie is? Something you can’t help but watch and finally finish only to think about for days after?
The movie also raised some ethical questions about news, of which I’m not a fan, and that rather shady line between posting news in order to help people and posting news in order to make money and get people to watch.
Overall, I would have to say the movie is well done and like I’ve mentioned, the acting is surprisingly good, leaving me to wonder why I never heard of it.
If you like these types of movies and don’t mind feeling like what I’ve mentioned when it’s all over, then I would say it’s worth it. If, on the other hand, you don’t like feeling somewhat violated when you’re done watching a movie, then I would steer clear of it.
And that, my friends, is my good deed for the day – shining the light on a gem of a movie no one has heard of with really good acting but doesn’t leave you with the happy feel goods when it’s all over, so watcher beware.