Idris Elba stars in Beast, as it roars into theaters this
weekend. This thriller is about a father and his teenage daughters as they take
a trip to the African savannah, to visit the village of the girls’ late mother.
While exploring the wildlife reservation, they find themselves fighting to
survive, as a rogue lion begins killing any human that crosses its path.
What follows is The Good, The Bad, and The
Spoilers of Beast.
Idris Elba is truly an amazing actor. I feel any role that he is
put in, he is able to embrace and portray it with stunning believability. In
Beast, Elba plays Dr. Nate Daniels, a father who fights to reestablish a
connection with his daughters while processing the loss of his wife. Elba does
an amazing job showing just how much the emotional strain of losing a partner
can have on the other relationships in his life. His willingness to sacrifice
everything to protect his daughters is understood and completely relatable to
any parent who would do the same for their kids.
Beast is a Thriller. Despite all the things I did not like about this
movie, which I will get to in a moment, this movie defiantly describes itself
well as an edge of the seat thriller. Audiences are constantly leaning forward,
trying to spot where the lion will appear next. Only to jump when the lion
catapults itself onto the screen.
Believability was really my biggest issue with the movie. While
Elba is very convincing as the character he is playing, the decisions that
character repeatedly makes throughout the film have me questioning the writing.
If you see a lion kill/maim someone right in front of you, would you get out of
the car 30 seconds later to wander and look around? If your best friend says
they are badly hurt, being used as bait by a vicious killer lion, and to stay
in the car and wait for help, would you go looking for them? It is never a good
sign when the audience collectively groans multiple times due to the decisions
characters make in the movie. This was my experience Tuesday night.
Believing the story behind the rouge lion is actually really easy.
Believing that Elba would be able to survive 3 encounters with a massive loin,
that has killed multiple armed people, is much harder. It is amazing to watch
Elba, knife in hand, fight a lion for about a solid 1-2 minutes. This is
something I’m sure any dad would do to protect his daughters. Living though
this fight with some scratches after the swift deadliness of this lion had
already been established, is not convincing.
My Overall Opinion
Beast is an excellent thriller, that keeps the audience on edge. While I liked this aspect, this one was just not for me. I really struggled with the decision making of the characters. That being said, I have never been stranded in the middle of the African savannah being hunted by a rouge lion. If you like a good action thriller that you don’t have to think too much about, take the time to give this one a watch. I would recommend waiting for this one to hit a streaming service.
If you have seen this one, comment your thoughts below. Tell me if I am being to tough on this one.