Beast Blu Ray review

British cinema has challenged and compelled us in the last 100 years. BEAST is another addition to this lexicon. An addition to a large bulk of films that are British by production and sensibility. Some have an allure which is unexpected or hard to explainable. From director Michael Pearce, this is a story of paranoia, fear and small town psychosis. Moll (Jessie Buckley) is troubled. She lives on the island of Jersey but has a difficult past. Living in an isolated community, she finds herself pulled between a family, that make heavy demands on her and an outsider, she meet in the wilderness. When he becomes a major suspect, in a series of brutal murders, she is in fear for her life. As time moves on and the community become embroiled in the murders, everyone turns on her…

BEAST just about pays off, what it sets up. Director Pearce must take credit for his textured, haunting visuals. Its a film that rests on this haunted self. This imbibes the idea of truth and untruth with a layer of creeping dread. To put it more simply, it questions us to ask what have I got as evidence? This is made more complex by focusing on Moll played with powerful tension by Buckley. She handles situations with assertive shifts, pivoting the films set up, without crashing it.

However BEAST does fail enough to make it less than perfect. The most obvious case is in its extended ambiguity. It elongates the circumstances of the murders and this frankly over burdens the story. Elongating then submerging emotional leverage is never good. The tension is held because the audience is suspending disbelief. When this is lost, due to us not caring anymore, then we find it hard to continue. Ambiguous or not, it lacks the skill of a more seasoned film maker.

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