Beast is a love story trapped within a horror film; a dark fairytale about an emotionally isolated woman who comes under the spotlight of an island community when she falls in love with a man who is suspected of a series of brutal murders.
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Why aren't people giving more of a shit about this? The female interrogator scene was effective but maybe the only aspect of the film that didn't ring true (I assume because the writer/director is a man). Otherwise, this was disturbing, thrilling, ambiguous, well-edited, and beautifully lensed, and it features two of the most committed and convincing lead performances of the year so far.
3.6 stars. Jessie Buckley is transfixing in this thorny film that comes at you like a slowly-fading migraine. In its over-determined but emotionally truthful symbolism and fairytale naturalism it reminded me a lot of Joyce Carol Oates. If you liked 'Broadchurch' but wished it had a twitchier moral compass and more soil and sex, you'll love this! Johnny Flynn simultaneously looked really pretty and really smelly.
in two minds with this one, the trailer a solid 4 stars and built me up with a bubbly belly, but the actual film was a slow deflate in trying to enjoy flynn's dry acting, and the usual tick list of **cinematic tropes in contemporary cinema*; slow building music that suddenly cuts, dramatic choirs, screams that cannot be heard, cringe slow dancing etcetc. big shame for a film that had such high potential.
Stylistically excellent, but felt super long and could have ended about 5 times. As a result, kind of a frustrating viewing experience but there's no denying the beautiful visuals and the acting was very good for the most part.
Really 3.5. Compelling performances and a very unsettling tone throughout but sadly succumbs to some jump scare nightmare sequences which are unnecessary and also has its proverbial cake by almost ending several times,
2.5 I admired the strength of the main female character. I can picture this as a great graphic novel. The first half was on the slow side; my interest waned while waiting for the investigative wrap-up. The second half was lively and filled with unusual dialogue/mind games. I loved the final fight. Good sex=death symbolism. Jessie Buckley was terrific. Johnny Flynn was well-directed in the outdoor wine-drinking scene.