Starring-Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton
Scott’s Review #519
Reviewed November 15, 2016
Animal Kingdom is an excellent Australian crime drama movie that is in the same vein as Goodfellas, The Godfather, or a myriad of other mafia/mob type films- only Aussie style, which in itself piques interest.
The film has an indie feel to it-is raw and not slickly produced- and is not over dramatized with explosions, CGI effects, and various other bells and whistles, making it character driven.
It is simply a well made drama about a seventeen year old boy named Joshua, who is taken in by his extended family of criminals. Staring out as an innocent, he slowly becomes entangled in the families web of corruption- similar to Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone from The Godfather. Making the plot even more compelling, is the arrival of a goodhearted detective (Guy Pearce) who tries to steer Joshua on the straight and narrow.
The acting is topnotch (Jacki Weaver in particular is amazing as the diabolical leader of the family), shocking events happen out of the blue, and operatic music mixed in with dramatic events is well done.
Animal Kingdom is a diamond in the rough.