There’s a thought that runs through people’s minds when exploring a museum and stumbling upon an iconic artifact locked up in a way-too-secure location – If I wanted to, how would I steal this? Obviously most of us would never actually dream of carrying out such a heist, but if the same was true for the movie world, Hollywood would be a much more boring place.
That conundrum forms the basis of American Animals, about the bold and crazy true story of four young teenagers who attempt to steal a multi-million-dollar art piece from their college library in Kentucky, USA.
In fact, director Bart Layton made a clever play in the trailer using the title card “this is not based on a true story” only for “not based on” to be wiped out afterwards. It emphasises how bizarre the story is, and from what we’ve heard from its Sundance screening, the film’s intriguing mix of fiction and true events will make this a must-see for 2018.
From its tone and script, there’s a perfect blend of humour and seriousness, made all the better with breakout talents Evan Peters and Barry Keoghan as the movie’s frontrunners. Get booked in to watch this.
The bottom line A stylish and darkly comic tale sure to please.
Evan Peters, Ann Dowd, Barry Keoghan
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