Warning: We’ll be discussing a few sensitive subjects here so beware before continuing!
Today I’m going to be talking about a few stories I found disturbing. I’m not saying books, as one of these is actually a movie! Those stories are Gone Girl and Nocturnal Animals.
So how did this idea coming about? Well I was sat in the cinema last night watching Nocturnal Animals, it occurred to me that a disturbing story doesn’t make a bad movie – even if you don’t particularly enjoy some parts.
Let’s begin by talking about Nocturnal Animals for a second. This movie I felt really contradicted itself. It followed an amazing, complex plot with characters I felt sympathetic towards – but it also had some very disturbing scenes that made me never want to watch it again. Yes, it graphically described murder, rape and even showed a nightmare blurred-out rape scene.
But does that make it a bad movie? No! Just because I found some scenes uncomfortable – it had all the building blocks that made it a great movie. I’ll list them below!
- The acting was amazing! You can’t have a good movie without good acting – and the acting in this honestly blew me away.
- The plot was so complex – but easily understandable.
- The main characters were easy to feel sympathetic towards and relate to.
- The music was well picked, the dialogue was good and the camera work was great.
But overall, there’s one main thing that stood out.
- I felt everything. And I really mean everything! My heart was pounding at some times, my eyes almost streaming at others. I really felt everything that happened in this movie, because I felt sympathetic towards the characters and what happened to them.
But then we go to the other end of the spectrum, Gone Girl. I really, really didn’t like this book. And at the time, I might have thought I didn’t like it because of the disturbing scenes…but I think it’s different to that.
- I didn’t like the characters. I honestly couldn’t care less what happened to them.
So we found the key! A story isn’t bad because it’s disturbing – there’s so many other factors.
May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽