The Movie: 9/10
I could find a few reasons to give this movie the 9 out of 10 I have pegged it with, but the main one is the performances. Gyllenhaal and the whole cast make it what it is. He is absolutely compelling, and not just in that normal way where you are interested in what he’s going to do, but in that way where you are terrified and turned on (in that movie watcher way). If the cast was any less formidable, the story wouldn’t be too shabby itself, but it wouldn’t be told as well, obviously.
A story of the creepy people who scour the city at night looking for tragedies, crime, victims, all to film and sell to the news channels, is just that, creepy. I haven’t seen this story before in a movie. I assumed it happened but never wanted to dig much deeper. We have had Paparazzi, which was pretty crappy and told a similar kind of tale about assholes with cameras, but that proves my theory about the cast. A great cast elevates a movie exponentially, it’s true.
The look of the movie is stripped back, no camera tricks or whack stuff. We do get some hand-held stuff, but it’s relative to the story and works just fine. The music is appropriate and prolific, it builds the mood of this guy who is kind of, um, on the edge.
I can’t say enough good things about Nightcrawler. It’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. It resonates because of the whole cast, but lingers because of Gyllenhaal. Watch it for yourself, just not with the kids.
- If It Bleeds It Leads Making Nightcrawler (5 Minutes) – An all too short look at the making of the film with brief interviews with the cast and crew.
- Feature Commentary With Writer/Director, Producer And Editor – Dan, Tony and John Gilroy sit down to discuss this family affair of a movie. This is one of the better commentaries I have ever seen as the Brothers have a legitimate chemistry and enthusiasm for film. If you are into the technical aspect of making a movie a lot of that is discussed here, the commentary is also surprisingly funny.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 2/10
This cover is such a let down. The movie is so good, and to be cheapened by some two-bit lazy design, it breaks my heart. I would not have this as a poster. The menu is just the menu.
Audio & Video: 9/10
Nightcrawler is a cinematic masterpiece in terms of its design and aesthetic, I liken it to the film Drive as far as style goes. The 1080P AVC Encoded transfer is equally up to the job considering the difficult subject matter. Most of the film takes place at night (It’s called Nightcrawler for a reason duh) and lesser films would come across grainy and crushed, not here as everything is vivid and easy to see even when Louis is using his pawn shop camera early in the film. Black crush is not evident and skin tones are beyond accurate this is a showpiece movie on Blu-Ray without a doubt.
Universal’s DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track is equally impressive, it’s mostly a talky kind of movie but during the third act a car chase breaks out that is a lesson in audio design. The roar of the Dodge Chargers engine and the screech of the brakes never gets old. Rear speaker activity is always aggressive and the LFE channel also gets a workout during the films most intense moments. Universal’s audio track here should be commended, it’s beyond perfection.
Overall Score 8/10