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Discomforting Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom is a difficult film to review, because all we really want to tell you is: go and see it. That would make for an incredibly brief review, so in the interests of making a better case, here are three more reasons that this story of a family of working class criminals from the land Down Under deserves your love.
1. Jacki Weaver's slow-burning role as a snake-eyed grandmother bestowing overly-lingering kisses on her grown-up grandsons is a mesmeric performance entirely worthy of the Oscar nomination it has received.
2. Animal Kingdom will renew your faith in the ability of the low-budget gangster movie to be a classy and well-made piece of cinema into the bargain.
3. You'll barely be able to believe this is director David Michod's first feature film - he shows plenty of more experienced professionals exactly how it ought to be done. He wrote the script too. Definitely a talent to watch.
In a nutshell: Excellent Aussie crime drama thoroughly deserving of its across-the-board rave reviews. We repeat: go and see it.
By Catherine Bray
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