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Animal

By Sakhi Thirani, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Toxic Indian action drama is violent, gory, misogynistic.

Movie NR 2023 204 minutes
Animal movie poster: Ranbir Kapoor, as Ranvijay Singh, smoking a cigarette.

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age 16+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 14+

A catastrophic celebration of the lowest common denominator in entertainment.

"Animal," a film that has inexplicably broken box office records, stands as a stark, damning indictment of the current intellectual bankruptcy pervading the masses. It's a spectacle that caters to the basest instincts, glorifying toxic masculinity and misogyny with such fervor that one might wonder if the screenplay was penned as a sardonic, morbid joke on the audience itself. Yet, the joke, it appears, is on us, the dwindling minority who still cling to the quaint notion that cinema ought to elevate, provoke thought, or at the very least, entertain without resorting to the lowest possible denominators of violence and vulgarity. To call "Animal" a film would be to stretch the definition of the term beyond all recognition. It is, instead, an overlong, overwrought exercise in excess, a narrative so devoid of subtlety and nuance that it makes one yearn for the silent introspection of a blank screen. The plot, if one dares to dignify it with such a term, revolves around Ranvijay "Vijay" Singh, a character so steeped in violence and revenge that any semblance of depth is obliterated by the sheer weight of his testosterone-fueled rampages. The fact that Ranbir Kapoor, an actor of not inconsiderable talent, is wasted on this caricature is a tragedy. The director, Sandeep Reddy Vanga, seems to have mistaken noise for narrative, confusion for complexity, and brutality for brilliance. His vision, if one can call it that, is a nihilistic fever dream, reveling in its own ugliness with the smug satisfaction of a child who has just learned to provoke reactions by uttering obscenities. "Animal" will be remembered not for its artistry, but as a stark reminder of the day we, as an audience, were offered the opportunity to demand better and chose instead to revel in our own debasement. It is a film that does not merely fail to enlighten or entertain; it actively impoverishes the soul, leaving us poorer for having witnessed it.
age 18+

It’s just a movie to entertain us..

I haven't seen such intense work so far in the film industry. This movie is not just a movie; it's a movie that proves what a man can go beyond to protect his family. Nevertheless, the casting, acting, songs, storyline, and details in this movie were incredible. Hats off to all: the team, the actors, especially Mr. Sandeep Reddy Vanga. The movie does contain violence, I agree. There are scenes in the movie that I personally don’t agree with and most probably won’t apply to my life, and I recommend you do the same. It is just a movie; it is just for entertainment. And if you think you can get triggered by ANIMAL, I don’t recommend it. I love the movie. And can’t wait for the next.. ANIMAL PARK❤️

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Our review:
Parents say: (8 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This crime and action drama, directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, is a grotesque blood bath to its core. Animal glorifies aggression, machoism, and savagery to the extent that it forgets to have any sense or story. Filled to the brim with misogyny, the movie centers singularly around Ranbir Kapoor's repulsive Ranvijay. Any female characters are solely used for decoration and mere props, contributing nothing to the central action. Indeed not only do they barely have a voice, they are continually humiliated and ridiculed. What Vanga was hoping to say with this film is perhaps the most confusing element of this sorry adventure. During its painfully long three and a half hour runtime, one is never really given space to recognize or register why this tale is being told and why anyone should care. Beyond the never ending reign of bullets and butcherings, both Animal and Kapoor's vicious Ranvijay remain hollow.

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