There are many kinds of action movies. Jaws was a huge success on both the big and small screen. Later, TV reruns brought back the film. The movie industry began to use animal attacks to make money off the Steven Spielberg film. Eventually, however, these movies went out of fashion. Films that depicted animals as dangerous creatures was considered a very bad thing.
This is why Beasts is so strange. It seems like it was made in the late 80s or early 90s. It is possible to make something visceral thanks to the latest advances in film technology. The result is a film that isn’t flawless at all, but it entertains and goes straight to the point. “Beast” is all killer, no filler.
Beast is directed by Baltasar Kormákur and stars Idris Elba, Leah Jeffries, Iyana Halley, and Sharlto Copley. The story follows Nathan, a physician, and his daughters Mare and Norah. The family recently lost their mother and is still grieving. Nathan returns to South Africa to help him heal. Martin, an old friend, meets Nathan and takes him on a safari that has deadly consequences.
Beast is a movie that takes no time to make characters or create beautiful arcs where characters learn. Everything ends with a satisfying conclusion. The characters are the most complicated part of the film. The movie presents them all as fully formed individuals at the start, and forces them to become better versions of their selves at the very end.
While the characters are messy, there are many strengths to the movie that make it enjoyable. The simplicity of the plot is one of its strengths. This movie doesn’t contain any mysteries, McGuffins or ancient prophecies. It is all about Nathan’s relationship with her daughter and how they are going to escape from the claws of a very angry lion. This simplicity allows directors and actors to be more focused on how the movie is presented, and how the characters are portrayed.
When it comes to the presentation, Baltasar Kormákur directs the hell out of this movie. Baltasar Kormakur creates these long scenes that feel real but are also constructed in editing to give the movie a feeling of being present. The long shots are not as gimmicky as in other movies. Kormákur is not trying to imitate 1917, or any other movie like that, The shots don’t even attract attention to themselves; it is all about making us feel the danger on screen.
This movie is not only outstanding in editing and camerawork, but also has solid visual effects. It is true that the movie features animals in most of its action sequences. However it would be totally irresponsible for real animals to be used in these scenes. CGI has been used to create these animals, and the results are quite pleasing. The film’s main lion is a huge beast, both terrifying and majestic in its intelligence and rage. The visual effects are a great way to convey the situation.
Idris is a true movie star. It is kind of sad that his career hasn’t allowed him to star in bigger pictures than the ones he has at this point. Elba is a charismatic actor who brings great charm to any role. It seems that Elba is comfortable playing the role as a grieving dad. And you can believe that he will do anything to protect his girls. Although he isn’t perfect, he is a great hero.
The film also features Jeffries and Halley doing well. Jeffries’ role as Mare is quite frustrating, though. Although she is a normal teenager who is experiencing a lot of pain, her reactions to certain events in the film can be quite irritating. Norah is smaller than her, but she’s a smarter character with a few surprises. Copley, on the other hand is always welcome in any movie. Copley’s role is small, but he makes the best of it.
Beast isn’t highbrow cinema at all. The movie recognizes what type of film it is, and then tries to make it better by bringing in great technical skills and acting. The movie is just 90 minutes long, so it knows that it shouldn’t overstay its welcome. Its abrupt ending may make the movie seem a little too boring. However, the film is great entertainment and everybody should give it a chance when in the mood for a simple and straight-to-the-point kind of movie.