Matt’s review published on Letterboxd:
"What if my problem wasn't that I don't understand people but that I don't like them? What if I was the kind of person who was obliged to hurt you for this?"
Yes, it's been a few days since I've reviewed a movie. Blame Advanced Warfare and Binding of Issac: Rebirth (they're just so fun, I'm sorry). I'm back now though, and with a potential new top 5 of 2014 entry to boot.
This is a story of Lou Bloom, aspiring crime journalist who feels the need to do whatever it takes to get the nitty-gritty of the scoop, by any means necessary. He gets involved in the art of nightcrawling, naturally. No, not THAT "night crawling" (I'm sure there's obscure Japanese movies about THAT, you pervert). Basically, the more hectic a case that he films can get, the higher the potential reward.
I might have already said too much, but I'm leaving it there. This movie gets pretty insane and the less you know, the better. It would only be decent, however, if it wasn't for Jake Gyllenhaal. He absolutely nails the slimy, sneaky creep that is desperate to squeeze a week's reward into a night's work. Conniving, manipulative and easily angered, yet refuses to miss a single beat to his rhythm. He should be a lock for an Oscar nomination, but he might even win it all.
The rest of the cast keeps up with Jake well enough, the score is suitable and the look/feel is pretty much dead-on with how it should be. Also, for being a directorial debut, this is extremely well-controlled.
This will probably go up to 5 stars fairly quickly; I just feel like there's something barring it. Not sure what.