‘Beast’ Movie Review | Young people

In a world where studio blockbusters bend over backwards trying to create cinematic universes, crack way too many jokes and push the boundaries of visual effects, it’s really nice to just have a summer movie where Idris Elba face an evil lion. The beast, the latest from reliable Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur, is a lean, mean lion-fighting machine, the kind of cheesy but engrossing popcorn thriller that dominated the multiplex. It’s not a movie you can really get poetic about, but it’s hard not to idealize a movie that stays so gloriously in its lane and delivers exactly what you’d want in a movie like this.

Following the great tradition of characteristics of African creatures such as The Ghost and the Darkness and Thug Lion pits Idris Elba, Sharlto Copley, and two relative newcomers in Iyana Halley and Leah Sava Jeffries against a large, angry, bloody-mouthed lion who essentially seeks revenge on all humans after poachers kill his pack. Elba, Halley and Jeffries are a family trio mourning the loss of a mother, while Copley is an old friend who invites them to his reserve for an exclusive game drive. However, well, the movie can’t happen if things don’t go bad fast for our quartet, with the titular hungry lion lurking in the brush.

The convenience of the characters, Elba being a surgeon, Copley a professional animal trainer and possible “anti-poacher”, allows the film to flow without too many hiccups. It’s the type of movie that dies on the vine if it gets too bogged down in superfluous detail, with a subplot revolving around Elba’s estranged relationship with his eldest child kept on pace so as not to interfere with survivalism. .

Elba has waited for such a vehicle his entire career, the right kind of B-movie where his physical presence and ability to command on-screen gravity at his will helps sustain the movie when he can’t help but throw jumps . and crazy scenarios for our heroes to overcome. It’s a carnival attraction in some ways, a movie like the 2019 Alligator Hunt in a Hurricane movie Crawl who is perfectly content to throw anything at you while you watch humans confront nature in the most dramatized way. Copley is second fiddle to the game, and Halley and Jeffries do just enough to blend their dramatic lifting with their delicate roles as two characters who are horrified when the lion tries to eat them.

The beast throws in some ideas of the dangers of poachers, not letting us forget that the evil lion was unleashed by the acts of evil men, but it’s primarily a sensory experience in all the best ways. You can’t help but laugh at the points just for the way the film refuses to let our protagonists down, for all the ways this asshole of pride just can’t wait to kill anything in its wake. The beast is a film that fully embraces its B-movie identity and stands as one of the few legitimate surprises of the summer. In a vacuum of countless blockbuster disappointments over the past few months, The beast has a thing or two to teach his peers.

The beast is out in theaters now. Watch the trailer underneath.


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