Main Plot Points:
- An official selection of the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival, this HBO Films presentation is a fascinating portrait of one man’s descent into the delusions of a fractured mind. Told with incisive imagery, energy and humor, Nightingale is a compassionate depiction of isolation in the midst of a world ruled by social media.
- David Oyelowo gives a spellbinding, roller-coaster ride of a performance as Peter, the sole character in the film, a war veteran who lives in a nondescript ranch home with his mother, and shares an ongoing monologue with himself, and the audience, via his laptop computer’s video recorder.
What We Thought:
- Nightingale is a solid film with an amazing performance from David Oyelowo.
- The film is a single location/single performer drama and those don’t always work. I like 127 Hours and thought Buried was pretty good, but others haven’t held my attention.
- Not only does Oyelowo hold your attention, he grabs it, shakes it and mesmerizes you. I like him as an actor, but this might be his best performance to date.
- He plays a gay former soldier/momma’s boy and he’s just fantastic. He’s psychotic and charming and paranoid and all over the map. He’s physical and mental and just perfect for this role.
- I sat there the entire time thinking that if they ever remake Psycho (again), he is the ONLY choice for Norman Bates. His performance in this is up there with Anthony Perkins.
- Not everyone will like the movie, I get that. Our attention spans are so shot nowadays that 1 person in 1 place just isn’t enough going on to feed our need for bombardment, but if you respect acting and want to see a quality standalone performance, go watch this.
- For any fan of David Oyelowo, Nightingale is a must see. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it further proved that he’s one of the best going today. It’s just a master class of acting.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- David Oyelowo
Recommended if You Like:
- Single location/single performer films
- David Oyelowo