"Nightcrawler" is one of those movies where you come to appreciate the… More"Nightcrawler" is one of those movies where you come to appreciate the movie to a high degree of praise, but at the same time, you tell yourself you never want to watch it again.
Yes --- this is a dark movie. Whether it's through the score, the plot, or even the cinematography, this film exudes a thick musk of slime, the kind that exemplifies the power of film in general. Every element to the film is essential to craft its tone and it delivers with flying colors. "Nightcrawler" is an excellently crafted movie.
In the first few minutes, "Nightcrawler" throws you right into the murky pits of Los Angeles into the slimy shoes of Jake Gyllenhaal's character, Lou Bloom. He's a man desperately looking to make a career; it just so happens that he finds his career as a freelance cameraman, finding financial and reputable success in others' tribulations. It's an interesting premise but "Nightcrawler" is essentially a character study of an exceedingly disturbing man in a cutthroat city. And boy, there would be no way to know this guy was highly disturbing without the magnificent performance by Gyllenhaal. This is his best performance by a huge margin to date.
But because this movie carries such a dingy tone, it's not an easy movie to watch. It's unsettling. You won't be walking out of the theatre ready to party, that's for sure.
"Nightcrawler" may not deserve best picture (and it didn't even get a nomination) but it is one that will haunt audience's minds, whether they'd like it to or not.