Wild Start, Messy End
A, 3h 21m
What Is the Film About?
Ranvijay Singh (Ranbir Kapoor) deeply admires his immensely busy industrialist father, but he hasn’t received much of his father’s time since childhood. The core story of the movie ‘Animal’ revolves around the son saving his father from an attack, leading to the father understanding what he has missed.
Ranbir Kapoor portrays a son deeply devoted to his father, showcasing various shades in his character with commendable finesse. Throughout the film, he delivers a strong performance, exhibiting versatility wherever the storyline allows. It’s a performance likely to stand out in his career but might not be the defining role that shapes his career entirely.
Rashmika Mandanna portrays Geethanjali’s character with groundedness, delivering what’s needed without going overboard. She gets good screen presence in a male-dominated film that isn’t a love story. Her on-screen presence is likeable and comes across without any complaints.
Sandeep Vanga directs ‘Animal.’ After ‘Arjun Reddy’ and its Hindi remake ‘Kabir Singh,’ he opts for a different core plot this time, focusing on the father-son relationship.
The movie begins in black and white, with lead character Ranbir narrating a short story. Everything that unfolds here immediately grabs attention, setting the tone for the film.
Subsequent sequences work well too; a brief childhood flashback and an emotionally resonant father-son song establish an excellent foundation for the narrative. While the introduction of Rashmika and its lead-up feel familiar, the family conflicts and the protagonist’s aggression draw us in.
Although the drama sometimes feels like a setup for the upcoming action blocks, what makes it special is how it’s shown and written. The extensive and well-crafted interval action sequence, infused with fresh ideas, along with the vibrant background score, helps us overlook any concerns about its length, resulting in a refreshingly engaging first half.
The second half begins with a medical counseling scene that, while engaging, gives off a sense of the director forcing conversations like discussions about sex for the sake of boldness, which doesn’t naturally fit. It feels unnatural when one doctor discusses a heart condition while the other doctor discusses about sexual activity.
The biggest issue with ‘Animal’ is that the core revenge plot concludes at the interval, leaving the director to stretch the story throughout the entire second half. The introduction of Bobby Deol midway, only to bring him back for closure in the climax, highlights the weak work in the second half.
Even crucial scenes where Ranbir reveals his actions regarding her sister’s husband lack emotional impact.
The film is dragged down by including unnecessary segments, such as depicting Ranbir with a fat physique, followed by his transformation to a fit body and a scene where he walks naked. These attempts aim to introduce boldness for the sake of it, compromising the essence of the main story.
Tripti Dimri’s character design is a perfect example of how some characters have been developed half-heartedly and seem farcical. It’s surprising how a director like Sandeep Vanga convinced himself with these artificial characters. Strangely, he once again presents a bold scene involving Ranbir and Tripti, which appears to be a desperate attempt to make his mark.
Even when the husband and wife are screaming through the roof after Rashmika realizes that Ranbir had slept with another girl, the entire scene tests one’s patience. Similarly, when Rashmika badmouths Ranbir’s father during the couple’s clash, one should feel the pain. However, as mentioned earlier, the film completely loses its core emotion and becomes excessively enthusiastic about the hero’s violent actions.
By the end of the film, one might genuinely question whether Ranbir’s feelings toward his father reflect love or madness, as that’s how the director presented his character.
However, the ending scene showcased in the trailer, where Ranbir asks his father to act like a son, leaves a lasting and terrific impact.
Overall, ‘Animal’ offers an engaging and refreshing first half with intense action sequences in the interval. However, the second half completely derails and goes overboard, never finding its way back on track. Give it a try if you’re familiar with the director’s style from ‘Arjun Reddy,’ but keep your expectations considerably low this time.
Performances by Others Actors
‘Animal’ showcases a handful of popular and talented Bollywood supporting actors who seamlessly integrate into the central theme. Nonetheless, it’s predominantly Anil Kapoor who seizes the spotlight, whether through his screen presence or performance. Bobby Deol, portraying a villain introduced in the second half, fails to make any substantial impact apart from a shirtless climax fight.
Tripti Dimri’s role feels underdeveloped and lacks conviction. While she presents well on-screen, the character seems artificially crafted, merely added to the film without depth. Babloo Prithi’s appearances appear constrained and abruptly trimmed in the final cut. Meanwhile, other cast members such as Shakti Kapoor, Prem Chopra, and the rest fulfill their roles adequately.
Music and Other Departments?
‘Animal’ features music composed by multiple directors. Despite the decent audio quality of the non-traditional commercial album, the on-screen presentation of the songs lacks visual appeal contributing to the film’s length.
The background score by Harshavardhan Rameshwar is superb in certain blocks, elevating the scenes to the next level. More importantly, the sound feels fresh.
Amit Roy’s cinematography is commendable, aligning well with current trends and infusing a fresh visual perspective. However, director Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s editing bears responsibility for several scenes that test patience, contributing to the film’s extended duration. The production values from T-Series and Bhadrakali Pictures are excellent.
Interval action block
Casting and BGM
Overdone bold scenes without purpose
Did I Enjoy It?
Yes, first half
Will You Recommend It?
Yes, but keep expectations low.
Animal Movie Review by M9
Animal has a decently engaging first half, but the film loses its way right from the beginning of the second half and fails to regain its momentum. The core storyline becomes aimless and lacks coherence, being scattered throughout.
First Half Report:
Animal’s first half is engaging with fresh appeal. However, the drama seems more like a setup for the subsequent action blocks. The interval action episode Arjan Vailly drives action lovers wild.
— Animal starts, Ranbir’s opening sequence instantly grabs attention.Stay tuned for the first half report.
Stay tuned for Animal Review, USA Premiere Report.
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Rashmika Mandanna, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Tripti Dimri and Shakti Kapoor
Writer – Editor –Director: Sandeep Reddy Vanga
Banners: T-Series Films, St Film Ltd and Bhadrakali Pictures Production
Produced By: Bhushan Kumar, Pranay Reddy Vanga, Murad Khetani, Krishan Kumar
Screenplay: Sandeep Reddy Vanga, Pranay Reddy Vanga & Suresh Bandaru
DOP: Amit Roy
Action: Supreme Sundar
BGM: Harshavardhan Rameshwar
Music Directors: JAM8, Vishal Mishra, Manan Bhardwaj, Shreyas Puranik, Jaani, Ashim Kemson, Harshavardhan Rameshwar, Gurinder Seagal