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A paper-thin plot elevated to an exhilarating epic   Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Rashmika Mandanna, Tripti Dimri, Babloo...

A paper-thin plot elevated to an exhilarating epic

 Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Rashmika Mandanna, Tripti Dimri, Babloo Prithiveeraj, Shakti Kapoor


Rating: 3.5/5


Sandeep Reddy Vanga is a talented filmmaker and his impressive filmmaking skills always elevate a paper-thin (in this case) and/or uninteresting plot into something almost exhilarating.

Animal is about a son undergoing a remarkable transformation as the bond with his father begins to fracture, and he gets consumed by a quest for vengeance.

While Kabir Singh glorified toxic masculinity, Animal takes it one step further. It is bloody and gory and not for the easily offended. In fact, it’s almost like a Tarantino film where its characters, violence and dialogues are concerned. The film isn’t about embracing the toxic being inside you, it’s about fighting your toxic masculinity

Very well photographed, and the editing (which falls apart in the final thirty minutes) adds to the angry nature of the film (as it did with Kabir Singh).

Animal takes “daddy issues” to a whole different level; it’s nothing like you’ve seen before in mainstream Indian cinema. The romantic subplot doesn’t work for some reason, it’s never really convincing enough. 

A long film, running for nearly three-and-a-half hours, it never gets boring. The film sort of falls apart in the second half due to its rushed and lacklustre final scene during the climax. It also disregards Bobby Deol’s character which had a lot of potential. But what compensates for that is Ranbir Kapoor who steals the show. This is perhaps his best performance after Sanju. Anil Kapoor is really good; Rashmika Mandanna’s dialogues are hard to comprehend in the beginning but as the film progresses it gets better. She delivers well as per her character. Shakti Kapoor is also good, though he doesn’t necessarily have an impact on the film in any way whatsoever, as is the case with Prem Chopra and Suresh Oberoi. Tripti Dimri leaves an impact in a cameo. The songs aren’t that good when compared to Kabir Singh’s soundtrack.

Animal is a film that glorifies toxicity, but if you look beneath what’s being shown, you’ll find a biting satire.

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