I thought this film would be a slick thriller instead, it evolved into the unfolding of a Shakespearean tragedy, thanks to the naturalistic style of David Michôd and low-key performances that get under the skin (especially Jacki Weaver's, I completely dread her serpentine matriarch character).
Janine "Smurf" Cody--played by Jacki Weaver--is the saccharine matron in a criminal family. Their house is where all eyes have fear in them. Is it because of police? Maybe, but something primal rules the home. Like how a mother croc uses its jaws to cradle its young, we can't be so sure of Mrs. Cody's warm embraces. She asserts: "Just because we don’t wanna do something doesn’t mean it can’t be done."
Despite going for a dour atmosphere, its style looks more dull rather than being uncomfortable or gloom and doom, making it boring and unengaging. There's certainly hauntingly conceived scenes here-- a police ambush, Mendelsohn drugging a girl to interrogate her-- but the often-praised acting is actually quite muddled: a lot of the time they are just moping. Too one-note in bleak emotion to be enthralling or moving.
Duro,inquietante,crudo,talmente forte e suggestivo che disturba la vista.Una bad-family stile Korine,in cui Michod però punta meno sul marciume e più sulla ferocia e sulla mancanza di scrupoli dell'animo umano;il pathos e il senso di "groppo"non mollano mai,fino a sublimarsi nella scena dell'assassinio della ragazza,una delle scene più malsane che abbia mai visto.Script di ferro,personaggi strepitosi,film supertosto.
Amazing film. Menacing. Captured that strange Melbourne attitude that fluctuates between dryly funny and sentimental really well (even within the context of a crime family). Didn't need the VO at the start, and it doesn't treat crime families with any respect in terms of intelligence. The story worked, but smart crime families don't attract attention to themselves in Vietnamese restaurants (for example).
Good crime drama that however is not as good as its reputation. While the acting and production work was very good I thought that the narrative was a bit meandering and streched out in parts. Strong opening and ending but the middle was bloated and a bit aimless for me.
Animal Kingdom is one of the best Australian made films. It shows us a dark and twisted side to the underworld and makes us question who is really at the top of the kingdom. A fantastic script, superb acting and visually pleasing cinematography. The film is more than a story about a crime family.
Jackie Weaver is always intriguing as the caring and ruthless matriarch of this dysfunctional criminal family. Seeing Josh rise to the occasion and turning himself from a prey into a predator as everyone around him is killed was tense and immersive. Very good Australian flick!