American Animals Film Review

This was one of the most stressful films I have honestly ever seen. This film was very unique in that it was half a documentary and half a film. This apparently was a true story of 4 actual college students who claim to have attempted to pull a huge heist that ultimately failed pretty badly. It was pretty interesting to see the interviews of the real students who attempted this heist and see that they all did not exactly share the same information. The whole idea was there but certain details were off which just made this feel all the more interesting and raw and as each told their stories the film itself changed.

American Animals was very well made and was definitely a beautifully done film. The editing was fast-paced and at times overwhelming but in a good way. It made the film even more stressful and kept me interested and intrigued the whole time. My heart rate kept increasing with every shot. The actors who played the 4 boys were also phenomenal! Evan Peters is one of my favorite actors/people ever and he was one of the main reasons why I was so excited to watch this film.

Obviously he was incredible and insane as usual. He is just such an all around amazing actor, he is so believably crazy but lovable at the same time. Barry Keoghan has just absolutely blown up lately with his success in Dunkirk and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. He is someone who I definitely have my eye on and this role again blew me away. Evan and Barry in a film together was a great choice. The other two boys were wonderful as well, Jared Abrahamson and Blake Jenner (who is from Edge of Seventeen and did amazing!). I feel as though this movie was so incredible because of the actors. They really became these characters and with a story as crazy and wacky as this, they really felt just like messed up kids who were blinded by this crazy idea of theirs.

Now, I did really enjoy and love this film. It was intense and, again, well acted and edited and just a pretty entertaining film but I did not love it as much as I thought I would. I think my biggest thing was that this was based on a true story. This is tough to explain because I think the fact that it was a true story made it more interesting and the fact that they interviewed the real kids but I think I was just pissed they were getting attention. These four white, privileged college students felt a hole in their life and decided to plan a heist and now they have this wonderful movie made about them. I just feel as though they do not deserve the attention. It is a very, very interesting story so I know I am being hypocritical and maybe diving to deep into this but they just don't deserve the attention. They didn't seem to have truly learned their lessons. I also just can't believe this actually happened. I was just so stressed probably because of second hand embarrassment for these boys. My heart was racing SO fast during the actual heist scenes. Wow.

Again, I really did enjoy this film and the actors were perfect. The end. Don't rob from a nice, old lady, thanks.


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