Jake Gyllenhaal who is one of my favorite actors turns 34 today. In honor of his birth I have reviewed two of his films, starting with his most recent work.
Written and Directed by: Dan Gilroy
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed
Nightcrawler puts the spotlight on a shameless profession and even bigger spotlight on one of the creepiest characters in film history. Gyllenhaal shines as ruthless sociopath Louis Bloom and his quest to be successful and gain everything he wants. The film has a wonderful slow build up as is interweaves fast car chases, awkward social interactions, and attempts at making you feel sympathetic for Louis. Every time you want to root for the anti-hero, Louis, he does something even more deplorable, turning him into a character you love to hate. This is truly a character study at it’s best and Jake Gyllenhaal completely encapsulates the intriguing and troubled Louis Bloom. It’s an intense film from start to finish keeps you on the edge of you seat pondering what is going to happen next.
Written by: Larry McMurty
Directed by: Ang Lee
Starring: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway
The score instantly grabs you in Brokeback Mountain and sets the pace and mood perfectly for this heartbreaking film. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal share an incredible chemistry, every shot you can see their passion and longing for one another along with the shame they feel. Ledger plays the more tortured soul character as Gyllenhaal’s character limps through the motions of the societal acceptable life, waiting to make Brokeback Mountain his everyday reality. The film lends itself to gorgeous scenic shots as they met secretly on the same mountain for a number of years. Brokeback Mountain is subdued but beautiful masterpiece.