We put up the trailer for Beast a little while ago and it looked pretty good.
Beast stars Idris Elba, Sharlto Copley, Leah Jefferies, and Iyana Halley as the main participants.
The story is:
A father and his two teenage daughters find themselves hunted by a massive rogue lion intent on proving that the Savanna has but one apex predator.
This caused a bit of a problem, since the story isn’t complex, so it’s full of padding, like how the father and daughter don’t like each other, but, by the end of the movie, guess what?
Overall, the story isn’t bad, but it is predictable and you can pretty much see where the story is going most of the time. Even I found that and I’m usually crap at guessing stuff like that. There are a couple of more interesting parts, but nothing to write home about.
What is good is the direction and acting, well, mostly. Idris Elba over here in the UK, has been doing adverts for TV channels and holiday websites, this is such a shame, coz the guy is an amazing actor.
In Beast, he is brilliant and it was nice to see him get his ‘teeth into something’. The downside is, that one of his daughters was just dull, I don’t know how she got the casting job, but she wasn’t very good.
Copley is an underrated actor and he was great in this too.
The overall direction is excellent, there are some very complex and difficult shots, all done without a cut or edit, and they really work. Some of the are brutal, there is one lion attack that actually had me squirming a little.
The CG is not perfect, so you know that a lot of the interactions with the lions never took place, but it is well done. I would say that there isn’t a shot of a single real lion in there, but you mostly believe it is. As I say, it’s not perfect, but very good.
It kind of reminded me of the complex scenes in The Revenant, with De Carpio and the bear.
The technical aspects of this movie are really good, the acting is very good, and the letdown is a weak and predictable story, but there isn’t much else you could do with something like this. It’s the same premise as Jaws, but nowhere near as good.
The other letdown was the end. I won’t spoil it, but it was just a bit too clichéd for me. There is a very intense moment, but you know what’s going to happen, and when it does, it made me giggle a bit.
However, I wouldn’t say miss Beast because of that, it’s a solid movie, that I was entertained by and I was invested in the main characters and what was going to happen to them.
I give Beast a solid 3 out of 5 stars, as I said, a great technical movie, but let down a little by the story.