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A brilliant and effective mesh of two cinematic styles
I was skeptical and slightly confused from the jump. It would obviously be safer to choose to make this pure drama or documentary, but Layton (who is clearly in control the entire time) chooses to dip his toes in both. Somehow, it works seamlessly.
The performances are great and being able to hear from the actual people at strategic times adds an element to characterization that many films can't achieve. We don't just get to see the bad choices made, but we get look inside what is behind those choices.
Our four courageous characters do make stupid choices and are unlikable at times, but news flash: 90+% of kids their age think and sometimes act the same way. Not being able to support their actions should not detract from the quality of the film, since it doesn't even seem like they are heralded as heroes because of what they did, but rather how they have grown from it over a decade later.
Ultimately, American Animals is a story of redemption. We see these four students wrestle with a fear that so many emerging adults can identify with: being ordinary. How they decided to overcome this fear had major consequences, and being able to hear from them personally takes us inside their hearts and minds in a way that wouldn't otherwise get us there.
Clearly, the boys feel regret for what they did even in the midst of exciting ambition. Nearly 15 years later, they are continuing to learn from the biggest mistake of their lives and doing the best they can to turn it into something good.
American Animals is about as authentic as a film can come. The fact that this is not a fictional story is amazing, and the way it is told invites us to put ourselves in the characters shoes. If we choose to do so, there is much to be learned.
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