Beast review - a meticulously crafted, manipulative journey
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Driven by two alluring yet unnerving lead characters, Beast continues to pull you in, even as you're desperate to look away. At the heart of this film are two damaged souls desperate for an escape. Moll (Jessie Buckley) and Pascal (Johnny Flynn) find solace in one another, much to the disgust of Moll’s middle-class family. But as Pascal comes under blame for a recent string of murders, Moll must confront her inner demons before making her judgement. From the moment these characters are introduced, an instant attraction and curiosity is ignited but before long, a disconnect begins to grow and with it, the audience finds itself falling deeper into the warped rabbit hole; one where trust and paranoia overlap. This unusual combination comes as a result of two incredible lead performances. Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn’s electric onscreen chemistry escalates with each scene, exuding a different emotion with every exchange. This supplies the film with an enticing air of uncertainty. That is, uncertainty in regard to direction, intention, who to trust and who to believe. The subtleties in their performances lull the audience into a false sense of security in one breath, before an explosion of animalistic rage rips them out of it in the next, leaving viewers floating in a purgatory of reality and fantasy until the film’s end.
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