I’ll be honest. I don’t always have the patience required of a lengthy movie setup. Which is why I loved Nightcrawler so much. From our first introduction to Jake Gyllehaal’s Louis Bloom, the audience knows that we are in for a twisted ride.
Gyllenhaal dropped a lot of weight to play the title role in the film, but it doesn’t seem like a play to grab an Oscar (which he will likely be nominated for) so much as the dedication of a true actor. Although he has a history of playing intense types as much as bulked-up heroes, Gyllenhaal manages to lose himself as he learns the ropes of crime reporting as Bloom.
We know from the get-go that morals and ethics are not big priorities for Bloom as he navigates his way through L.A.’s landmarks in search of employment. He finally latches on to late night crime reporting and even finds himself a love interest—yet another thing he takes with less than pure intentions.
Played by Rene Russo, the actress appears much harsher than she has in the past as she wears heavy makeup that is less than flattering on an older woman. I don’t recall seeing her much the last few years, other than briefly in the Thor films, so it was nice to see her on the big screen again—especially in a role unlike any she has played in the past. Still beautiful, she has aged well although she looks better on the red carpet in flawless makeup than in the film.
As Gyllenhaal drives recklessly through the city, desperate to catch the action, the audience remains enthralled and horrified as he delves deeper and deeper into the seedy landscape of getting his shot—at any cost.
Currently playing at the ArcLight, Nightcrawler is definitely a film worth seeing on the big screen.