The highly anticipated release of Ranbir Kapoor’s latest movie, “Animal,” on December 1, 2023, has captured the spotlight alongside Vicky Kaushal’s “Sam Bahadur.” Surpassing expectations, “Animal” emerged as the weekend favorite for a majority of moviegoers, already raking in an impressive 34 crores from advance ticket sales. With hopes high for blockbuster success and global acclaim, the film has become a must-watch for cinema enthusiasts.
The movie kicks off on a high note, with a compelling first half that establishes a strong emotional connection with the audience. The setting and character development receive praise, maintaining a seamless flow. The exploration of the father-son relationship, though singular in its focus, is accompanied by intense and visually stunning action sequences, especially in the pre-interval and interval fight scenes.
However, the second half takes an unexpected turn, deviating from the emotional depth established earlier. Bobby Deol’s character is introduced much later than anticipated, altering the film’s dynamics. The narrative shifts towards a dark and twisted revenge drama, sidelining the father-son relationship. This segment delves deep into Ranbir’s character arc, losing some of the emotional resonance established earlier.
The climax delivers a bold and impactful fight sequence, concluding with a powerful post-credit scene hinting at a potential sequel. Despite instances of toxic behavior and sexual abuse by the lead character, the film entertains with its intense action scenes. Sandeep Reddy Vanga, known for “Arjun Reddy,” brings his signature dark action style to the forefront. While “Animal” may not be everyone’s cup of tea, especially for the faint-hearted, Ranbir Kapoor and Anil Kapoor’s stellar performances and the noteworthy music make it a noteworthy cinematic experience.