Aryan Jakhar

1/23/20242 min read

Hi. This is a review of the movie Animal.

A film that’s neither entertaining nor has anything to say. The cinematic equivalent of a teenager having a hormonal temper tantrum.

"Animal," an ambitious film helmed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, disregards all pretences of nuance and subtlety. The movie chronicles the turbulent existence of Ranvijay, a character portrayed by Ranbir Kapoor, whose unquenchable fury is provoked by the absence of paternal affection.

Contextualised in a time of immense affluence and influence, the narrative progresses through a sequence of flashbacks, wherein a geriatric Ranbir Kapoor recounts a perplexing story set in the year 2056.

The narrative of the film is primarily motivated by gratuitous violence and the desire to shock, disregarding character development and narrative finesse. It appears that Vanga is more concerned with eliciting responses from critics and viewers of culture than with producing a captivating cinematic encounter. The film delights in its depiction of a realm in which the exceedingly wealthy are able to engage in abhorrent deeds without facing legal repercussions, thereby constructing a distorted reality that deviates from the mundane and embraces the fantastical.

Consistently portrayed from beginning to end, the protagonist's ire, devoid of character development and significance, renders the film pointless. The script exhibits a lack of coherence, has an episodic nature, and fails to delve into significant subplots, conflicts, or catharsis. Artwork is frequently compromised in favour of visually appealing sequences in Animal, frequently to the detriment of logical consistency.

By intentionally subjecting women to prejudice, the film challenges critics to engage in dialogue concerning the depiction of this societal flaw in the film. Paradoxically, the film reinforces certain stereotypes while seeking to subvert others by employing provocative sequences as a means to deflect criticism.

In spite of its earnest endeavours to be audacious and contentious, the execution of "Animal" proves vain. The 201-minute duration of the film is a contributing factor to its lacklustre nature, as instances of potential grandeur are obscured by a cacophony of violence and obscenity. Although the ensemble, which includes Ranbir Kapoor and Anil Kapoor, delivers praiseworthy performances, the film's lack of substance overshadows their efforts.

Ultimately, "Animal" provokes viewers to contemplate not only the filmmakers' cinematic decisions but also the accountability that accompanies the creation of such material. As the discourse encircling the film continues, one cannot help but ponder whether the deliberate provocations in the film serve a more significant function or simply add to the cacophony that surrounds modern cinema.