Beast of No Nation belongs to Abraham Attah who gives the kind of performance that students of acting could watch, absorb, study and admire. Idris Elba is also remarkable. It's worth a watch for the performances alone. In terms of content, I have little to add. The films beauty serves to heighten, not dilute, the violence. A heartfelt approach to a heartbreaking reality.
An audacious project that proves the excellence of Idris Elba as a method actor and Fukunaga's continued competence since the outstanding Season One of 'True Detective'. Historical accuracy regarding a specific African civil war would have reinforced the credibility of this daring project, but instead, it lies alongside films like 'Blood Diamond' - dramatic, absorbing but arguably caricatured by its generalities.
Quando ci dicono che un regista mezzo giapponese che vive negli States prende in mano un film sulla guerra in Africa, la reazione ci porta a storgere il naso. Beh, raddrizzatelo, perché Fukunaga questo giro ha fatto centro, con un film crudo nel contenuto quanto piacevole esteticamente. Una fotografia meravigliosa, una regia di qualità ed un cast sorprendentemente competente fanno di questo film una piccola perla.
Cary Fukunaga accentuates my fanboy crush on him with a gorgeous looking but brutal and graphic account of a child's life amidst a bloody war. Kind of drags in the last third. The kid Attah was amazing in his role, that last dialogue bit and his delivery is something to remember. So much colour! Elba's haircut really messed with my head.
Un film duro e spietato come lo è la realtà in molte zone dell'Africa. Beasts Of No Nation, quasi con taglio documentaristico e privo di qualsiasi giudizio morale, ci ricorda in ogni singolo fotogramma di cui è composto quanto noi occidentali siamo stati fortunati nel nascere e crescere nella parte "buona" del mondo. Visione obbligata ed efficace strumento in grado di suscitare piú di una una riflessione.
Occasional cruelty opposed with rich color palette of Ghanaian countryside makes an exceptional journey into more beautiful part of the hell with Elba's natural villainous performance. Also, those are the reasons why in the end everything feels like it's missing a natural flow. As if everything was predetermined by the schedule with pieces being where they are supposed to be instead of where they are meant to be.
"I saw terrible things and I did terrible things. So if I'm talking to you, it will make me sad and it will make you too sad. I just want to be happy in this life. If I'm telling this to you... you will think that I am some sort of beast or devil. I am all of these things, but I also having mother... father... brother and sister once. They loved me."