Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

29 November 2014

Short Review of Nightcrawler

This was so troubling. A kind of non-comedic Network for 2014 in that it is a satire of television and what it has become. This film isn't laughing, though. Nightcrawler is all too real, and the film operates without irony for almost all of its running time. Eventually it can't help itself and its gaze turns ironic, but for most the film, the story is told straight. This is deeply sick stuff, and the man at the center of the film (played brilliantly by Jake Gyllenhaal) is almost totally soulless, completely from the television generation. Nightcrawler also boast an extraordinary supporting performance by an actor named Riz Ahmed. He is great in this movie. Just great.

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