Review – Nightcrawler
Nightcrawler is on Canadian Netflix, guys! I wanted to see this in theatres, but I think it passed me by because I wasn’t interested in it until it was moving out of theatres. Life happened, I missed my chance to curl up with a heap of strangers to watch a movie, and here we are. I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this movie, and though it took a different direction than I thought it would, it was a really great film. Well, great for people who like weird stuff. 🙂
First things first. How many people read the title of this movie and think of this dude:
And you’re like, “Ugh, yeah, great. A movie about some blue emo dude who talks like my English Lit teacher and brings down the party.” Or that might just be me based on the one X-Men movie I saw with him in it. Jumping to conclusions about a person you’ve only heard speak a couple of times – it’s fun! Don’t…don’t do that BTW. I’m being very facetious there.
Anyways, Nightcrawler is a movie about a dude (Jake Gyllenhaal) who stumbles into recording video footage for news stations. He goes to crime or accident scenes, gets his footage, and sells it to the news. He becomes exceptionally successful, but the way he does this is less than on the level.
Jake’s character is super intense. He’s passably normal, but if you spend more than a minute with him, you’ll find out he’s a super weirdo. Here’s the thing about him, though – I admire his tenacity and confidence. Have you ever been walking past someone, and you say, “hi!”, and they look at you but say nothing? On the one hand, what a prick. But on the other, nice balls for not acknowledging someone who just spoke to you. The character was very much like that. You don’t like him, but you admire his dedication. Well, until the final scene in the movie…no spoiler, but dang. Dude’s cold.
I’d dare to compare this movie to Drive with Ryan Gosling. You have pretty normal characters playing off of this one central weirdo. This film’s subject matter was fresh, Jake’s character was very interesting, and there were several action scenes in here that caused a lot of suspense for me. I’d highly recommend you watch this before Netflix removes it because that’s how they roll.
Have you seen Nightcrawler? Have you seen The Machinist? How do you feel about Jake Gyllenhaal? Oh man, you know what movie you should see with him in it? Prisoners. Jake developed a tick for his character: hard blinks. Is that not brilliant? Man, that movie. That’s a good one, too. Check that out.