Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||David Michôd|
|Produced by||Liz Watts|
|Written by||David Michôd|
and introducing James Frecheville
|Music by||Antony Partos|
|Editing by||Luke Doolan|
Animal Kingdom is what I call a slow burn. Starts as a simple character study of a family surrounded and entrenched in crime and viewed from an outsider (orphaned, estranged grandson). It continues to escalate in tension and in fear, until the stress is almost unbearable. Then whoosh! the flames ignite. Intense.
Beautifully crafted. Psychologically suspenseful and revealing. Newcomer James Frencheville, as the new addition to the established family is perfect, although I was not sure at first. He felt detached and monotone–but as the story progresses you realize that was part of his brilliant performance. Nice.
All the actors here are incredible. But the stand out is Jacki Weaver–and she is nominated for a deserving Oscar for it! WOW! As the matriarch of the family and the emotional anchor her portrayal is phenomenal. Layered and surprising. I want her to win–out of all the fine nominees–Jacki Weaver truly gave the BEST supporting performance of the year.
I do not want to say anymore to spoil your experience. Trust me. You need to see it!