Depending on the kinds of movies you're into, you might have heard about Australian director David Michôd's crime/family drama before it got all the positive buzz during the current awards season. If so, then good for you. Go grab yourself a cookie and pat yourself on the back. You've confirmed your good taste in films. If you haven't heard a peep about the movie, then consider yourself lucky - Animal Kingdom is one of the best movies of 2010 and you'll be able to see it without any spoilers whatsoever.
|Being a teenager is hard. Having a family full of murderers and drug dealers doesn't help.|
|Janine - part time grandma, full time murdering, conniving bitch.|
|Guy Pearce is about the only actor in this flick most Americans will recognize.|
|Pope enjoys long walks on the beach, the Beatles, and killing people.|
By the time the end credits roll, Animal Kingdom will have thrown several twists and some fantastic scenes at the screen. The pacing is kind of slower than most American movies, but there is a wicked intensity throughout the whole movie that never seems to let down. My main criticism would be the tendency to use music and slow motion too much during parts, which only serves to add melodrama when none is really needed. Some of the accents might be a bit hard to understand as well, but it'd be a tiny nitpick of an otherwise fantastic movie.
TL;DR - Aussie kid tries to survive his evil family. No kangaroos in this one. - 9/10