IT MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS OF BEAST BEAST!
Beast Beast, from director Danny Madden, is a film that will let you catch a glimpse of the lives of 3 teenagers who, in their own ways, strive for acceptance and recognition: Krista, whose enthusiastic personality has made her a theater star from a young age; Nito, a lovable skater who hangs out with the wrong crowd; and Adam, a gun-loving kid that struggles with the fame (or the lack of it) of being a content creator. We start by seeing pieces of their lives at each character’s home, who they are, what they love to do, without having much background; and there’s really no need for it. As time goes on, it becomes very clear where they’ll all eventually intertwine.
Right from the beginning, Beast Beast sets a fast pace, filled with rhythm and energy, as it exposes the characters brilliantly. We can instantly form a bond with the cast, through their ability to capture the tiniest expressions and through the well composed script.
What most distinguishes this film is its soundtrack, combined with a really beautiful and well thought of cinematography; the use of colors and creative shots is absolutely spot on, especially with the more stylish scenes with the character Nito. It also has a sense of realness about the characters, as though they could have been anyone’s friend, thanks to an amazing job from the characterization team behind all the perfect teenager looks.
Technical details aside, the story itself loses credibility and changes radically in the final parts; what captivates us so much at the beginning, those simple and refreshing moments of intimacy with the characters and how their relationships unfold, gives rise to a shocking turning point that, honestly, doesn’t quite match what we are learning about the 3 teens. And that’s where Danny Madden stops having an interesting and engaging film, and makes it a hurried and meaningless message about gun control. It is important to know how to convey an idea subtly and it is not the case with Beast Beast, which is disheartening as it discards all the beautiful work that has been done around Nito, Krista and Adam.
I would say that Beast Beast is an instant attention grabber; from the moment we see Shirley Chen‘s expressive behaviour and Jose Angele‘s artistic and flowy character build, we feel immersed in a sweet love story. Likewise, we feel the burden and anger that it’s slowly placed upon Will Madden‘s character’s shoulders. Having said this, by the end of the movie, I can’t understand why they all violently change, just for a plot twist that is trying hard to push an agenda, although as important as it should be, that really doesn’t fit this particular narrative.
Beast Beast does a fantastic job in those sweet little storytelling moments, and it shines as an indie coming of age story; it just doesn’t work when it forces you to feel a certain way about a topic that is so sensitive, important and serious nowadays. It’s well worth a watch, perhaps with a more open mind.
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Tittle: Beast Beast
Director: Danny Madden
Duration: 85 min.
Trailer | Beast Beast