Anyway, the Red Vic is showing it today, so there you go.
This one is oppressive. Each of its 122 minutes is bleak, but you got to love the beginning (the first five minutes especially), the ending, and everything inbetwixt.
O.K. then. But now let’s hear from those who don’t like/love AK.
Here are the three people so far who didn’t cotton to Animal Kingdom:
Moving Pictures magazine. Granted, no one could miss the King of the Jungle lion metaphor. Maybe it’s a bit heavy-handed, but the movie only spends about 2% of its time on it and I liked the scene with the still photos of masked robbers and the one depicting the Outback as African savannah. And those rifles you saw were actually handguns.
The Village Voice. All right, but they’re his uncles, not his cousins. Pay attention, dude.
Slant magazine. So, if you didn’t like the “laughably operatic slow-mo and portentous orchestral music” I can see how that could ruin this picture for you, but I didn’t find it laughable at all. And, by the way, where’s your Sundance Grand Jury Award, pal? O.K then.
Anyway, everybody else in the world thinks this film is excellent.