Bad title, that would lead most people to assume this movie is about violence and/or debauchery but there's very little of either. I might have been in the right mood but I was mesmerized and give it a 10 score. Based on a true story and yet a fictional retelling. You know basically what's going to happen but never exactly how events will transpire. Not one false emotion or action in this 2-hour film that treats moviegoers like adults take THAT superheroes and CGI! . What a relief that a story doesn't take place on either coast, nor is it elitist. And although it's in the <more>
genre of heist capers this is a totally original setup. No banks, casinos, jewelry, or even cash. The perpetrators aren't sympathetic or unsympathetic, but believable. Also shows, for real, the impact on family and friends when bored young men cook up something exciting. Hitchcock would love American Animals!
BEST MOVIE SO FAR FOR ME IN 2018 (by truekangenwater)
Wow . . . simply put American Animals is by far the Best Film of this Year. Smart, sleek, powerful, mesmerizing, a visual tour de force putting you directly into the story. Or stories. You see this was a true event back in 2003 about four young men, bored and frustrated with life in Kentucky, who mistake their lives as a movie and attempt one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history. It is part documentary and recreated narrative all in one. Cleverly woven script with impeccable, precise directing by British writer/director Bart Layton, you are taken on an improbable journey of this true <more>
event. Hang on to your hats if you think you know how it will end. Accolades to cinematographer Ole Bratt Birkeland who lens this film with bold imagination and solid artistic merit. And special mention for a brilliant and gripping musical score by Anne Nikitin. Expect award season to see this film nominated in several categories.
I thought this was going to be a run of the mill heist movie, boy was I wrong. The acting, the twisted narrative, the soundtrack and the smart editing were just sensational. I can't remember being grabbed by a movie in this way for quite some time. This has gone into my top 5 of all time. Can't wait to see more from this director and it's baffling that it not get a bigger release.
"Ocean's Eleven" meets "The Social Network" & "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (by littlemankazoo)
"American Animals" follows a pretty simple story. One about growing-up, friends, young adulthood......oh, and robbing a library of books worth millions of dollars...That little detail, too.I can't say I've ever seen any heist film like this one, though.What makes this concept so captivating and so unique compared to other legendary heist films like 'Ocean's Eleven', 'The Italian Job' and others is that this film revolves around both a certain sense of nihilism and adolescence. In a way, I would call this film the unholy love-child of "Ocean's <more>
Eleven", "The Social Network" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off".The thing that sets this film apart from the others in its genre is just how REAL everything becomes by the time we watch these college kids, all aimless and without a clue, try to chase the American Dream through the most devious way possible. Spearheaded by spectacular leading performances by Barry Keoghan and Evan Peters, this film is not about a heist. Rather, this film is about nihilism, and growing-up in just about the scariest way possible.The film itself grows-up as we go, as we open with a sense of style and editing that is snappy and fast-paced. The style of young adult; alive and frantic. Everything is bright lights and pop songs, all while our protagonists see themselves as 'good guys' as they plot a heroic heist of a library and its priceless books. The theater I was in was happily rolling-along, audience laughing heartily with the silly antics.But suddenly, just as we as audiences want to see this heist succeed, and we suddenly see it unfold...the consequences hit. The laughing becomes weaker and weaker until we as audiences reach a similar realization as the characters do; this is real life.While the film's style of pseudo-documentary mixed with fiction was not exactly the most smoothly-executed At times it felt jerky and almost gimmicky , it eventually comes back into play as the teaching tool of the entire film. The film's points it chooses to make, both light and dark, are powerful through this very medium. Its pacing and choices of editing, specifically a change by the second half that evolves the entire film into something completely different, were what flipped the proverbial coin for me as an audience member.The evolving state of this film, the proverbial 'growing-up' it symbolized to me as an audience member, was what truly made it impactful and transcended this film from a "Good" one to a "Great" one.This film is not about a heist. Rather, it is a film about growing-up THROUGH a heist. Indeed, as many billed it to be, "American Animals" is like no heist film before it. Thankfully, that's for all the right reasons.I seriously recommend seeing this indie darling of a film. While rough around the edges and lacking an entirely-bulletproof execution, I think this is one of the most interesting films I've seen thus far this year. It, quite literally, 'grows up' as you watch it.
What an amazingly real film. The interesting style is something to see and the fact that you know how accurate it is blows the mind. See it with your moviepass
Great movie (by chaitanyachoudary6)
A must watch thriller which makes you stick to your seat.
THE BOOK THIEVES (by js-66130)
True story this, though the quartet of perpetrators of the most audacious literary crime have trouble keeping their story straight. That's part of the fun in recreating a 2004 Kentucky teenage heist: having the now grown ups involved, recount the events, separated by distance from each other, and time from the deed."American Animals" seems too goofy for fact, but as usual, fiction loses out in the strange category. Spencer, Warren, Eric and Chas, yes Chas , are privileged white boys getting their feet wet at University, itching for the action adult life has promised, which of <more>
course, is lacking. Solution: robbery! Seems the campus library has a twelve million dollar book, and the only obstacle is an elderly librarian. Seeing their fair share of heist movies, the greedy group hatch an elaborate plan to snatch a big bird book from the poorly guarded nest. Convoluted schematics are drawn up. Maquettes are constructed. Ridiculous disguises are made. This is the thrill of their lives, and makes for irresistible film.Evan Peters as the excitable and sketchy Warren, owns his delicious role, especially when steering the reluctant dreamer Spencer Barry Keoghan to the point of no return. Even better are their real counterparts, as they contemplate on the events, and each other, fourteens years on. It's an ingenious bit of movie magic, that could not have been scripted better.
One of the most underrated movies this year so far .. (by Aktham_Tashtush)
Just a sensational story ,, The script writing is brilliant ,, but the most noticeable was the Directing !!! Bart Layton did both and he did one amazing job.. bringing up the characters themselves telling their side of the story was a nice touch.Casting Evan Peters and Barry Keoghan was a good move ,, they are both rising stars and they take the job seriously , and here they were engaging and so convincing.Now my issue is ... the movie went on the big screen at the beginning of this year , toured all around the world festivals, and premiered 1st of June on movie theaters ,, yet .. no sound <more>
what so ever ,, the marketing is so bad for this movie ,, or it is hated for some reason ,,, or maybe the critics think this is in a way glorifying crime "which isn't"... I knew about this by accidentally looking for some cast members of "American Horror Stories" and clicked on Evan Peters's IMDB page to see what's new ,and this came up !!!
This was such a unique, imaginative and fun experience to be a part of. The way they jumped back and forth through the real people and the actors was magnificent. That made me have a true take on the intense, risk filled story. I was able to see these guys logic and intention behind what they were doing. Created a personal journey and made it more of an intense viewing experience. Evan Peters and all the other cast members did a fantastic job. The adrenaline filled thrill ride was never cut short. The thought and planning behind everything and having this be the first job they pulled at such <more>
a young age, made it that much more intriguing and extreme.