Idris Elba’s chances of playing James Bond may not look so good these days, but in his latest project, the actor has bigger fish, in particular, the king of the jungle. The Beast plays Elba as Nate Samuels, who takes his daughters on a trip to South Africa after his wife’s death. The family soon discovers that they are being chased by a huge deadly lion, and they are fighting for their lives. Critics watched the film before it was released on August 19, so let’s see what they have to say.
Along with Idris Elba, “The Beast” starred Iyana Helli (“This is Us”, “Abbott Elementary School”) and Leah Jeffries (“Empire”) as the daughters of Nate Mere and Nora, respectively. Sharlto Copley plays Martin Battles, who welcomes a family to his nature reserve. Let’s go directly to the critics’ thoughts, starting with CinemaBlend’s review of Beast. Eric Eisenberg rates the film 2.5 stars out of 5, saying that the escape scenes are exciting and well done, but the film lags too far when the beast is not around. He says:
The beast knows that his greatest asset is his wild wildcat, and he doesn’t quite know what to do with himself when he’s not around. He leaves a lot on the table when it comes to the dangers of being stuck in the middle of the African savannah without communication, and is content with minimal effort when it comes to what could be called “human things” in the context of the material.
IndieWire’s Kate Erbland also doesn’t quite agree with this man vs. beast story, rating it a C despite its promising concept (Idris Elba fights a lion? I’m disappointed). The opening scene, while very interesting, evokes too much empathy for the antagonist, and the characters make frustratingly formulaic decisions from horror films, she says.:
While nothing compares to the opening scene of the film, which delights in playing with the pitch darkness of the night savanna and the threat of a lion that can sneak up and grab you at any moment when the Monster is in complete terror, it is a pleasure. Unfortunately, its stars also find themselves beholden to some of the less clever storytelling elements in horror films. Nate and the girls are innocent, but they are also very, very stupid, and despite often showing signs of intelligence (again, Nate is a doctor! Mere is a gifted artist with big plans for college!), they turn into tropes from horror movies. facing your fur enemy.
William Bibbiani of The Wrap says that there are, of course, worse ways to spend 93 minutes, but in general the film lacks meaning — except for cinematography. From the review:
The most valuable player of the movie “The Monster” is the experienced director of photography Philippe Rousselot, who creates the film from complex complex takes that give it striking visual clarity. Director Kormakur (“Everest”) cannot rely on quick editing to make these situations convincing; fears cannot come out of nowhere. This is a film that makes viewers acutely aware of the treacherous environment, forcing them to hunt in every frame for the telltale signs of an angry, hungry lion.
Brian Truitt of USA TODAY (opens in a new tab) seems to match other critics, rating Beast 2.5 out of 4 stars. The screenwriter calls the film “tolerable” and says that the CGI beast is “not bad”, which is a warm compliment, and probably far from the words one would like to see describing their film, even if we are in the decline of summer. . Critics say:
As soon as an evil lion starts chasing its prey — and bouts of claustrophobia lead to an epic confrontation between man and nature — the film finds its way and offers a few decent screeners before the story begins to sink into a far-fetched fantasy. You’ll have to endure some easily forgettable dialogues from category B movies: “Now we’re on his territory,” Copley once says with a serious face when the four—legged villain from the film makes himself felt.
Josh Spiegel of SlashFilm rates the film 5 out of 10, but says that “The Beast” does exactly what it promises: Idris Elba fights a lion with his bare hands. This is a ridiculous movie based on a ridiculous idea, and it fits perfectly into a summer movie, says the critic:
“The Beast” is not very shocking, but it is also a fairly rare summer film, because it knows its limits, fulfills its specific promises and does not focus on the essence. In some ways, even though there have been few new releases in the second half of summer 2022, it seems that “The Beast” would be more appropriate as something you catch folding laundry on a slow Sunday rather than paying to watch in theaters. Stupid and stupid, yes… and that, like it or not, is the whole point.
Does the beast sound like something you might want to check out? If so, you can watch it in cinemas from Friday, August 19. Also check out some of Idris Elba’s other upcoming projects and start planning your next trip to the cinema with our 2022 movie release schedule.