Animal Film REVIEW: Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Directorial Looks Fabulous; Yet Flawed! But, Where Is Bobby Deol?

Written and directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, Animal casts Ranbir Kapoor as Ranvijay Singh, Anil Kapoor as Balbir Singh, Ranvijay's father, Bobby Deol as Abrar Haque, Rashmika Mandanna as Geetanjali Singh, Ranvijay's wife, Tripti Dimri as Zoya

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Animal Film REVIEW: Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Directorial Looks Fabulous; Yet Flawed! But, Where Is Bobby Deol?
The relationship between a father and a son is known to be a complex bond and at times even a lifetime feels short to mend it. Capitalizing on the same background, Sandeep Reddy Vanga has unleashed an untamed ‘Animal’ with his intricate direction-writing style and formulation of toxic characters. The overall outcome of complicated relationships between the lead characters has painted a vibrant picture and it looks fabulous. However, there’s more than meets the eye. 

The Indian film industry is blessed with gifted directors and Sandeep Reddy Vanga has established himself as one of the greatest masterminds with his impacting style. ALSO READ | Animal Special Screening: Alia Bhatt And Neetu Kapoor Walk Hand-In-Hand To Attend The Premiere Of Ranbir Kapoor Starrer-WATCH

Remember Arjun Reddy? Well, the film certainly had flawed characters, yet it made an interminable impact on the audience. The filmmaker’s latest release, Animal, is likely to serve the same fate. The director has always opted for an ambitious set of lead characters and Animal has multiple similarities with Arjun Reddy, Kabir Singh, and Adithya Varma, and the lead character somewhat seems inspired by them, but not exactly a copy.  

Ranbir Kapoor starrer Animal does justice to every element that goes into filmmaking, and it will constantly leave you on the edge of your seat. The intense action scenes, the gory bloodshed, and the gun violence; all of it evokes nothing but goosebumps. 

The meticulously crafted film is barely predictable as Ranbir’s character does more than what he mutters in the film. Despite being the son of an industrialist, Ranbir’s character is smart, confident, and erratic and he strives to create an identity for himself. Being shadowed by his father right from his childhood, he has developed deeprooted love for his pappa and his boundless love for his family can drive him to any extent. 

Apart from such fabulous character design, director and writer Sandeep Reddy Vanga firmly puts out his ideas throughout the film and he never withers away from making them heard. ALSO READ | Mahesh Babu Gets Uncomfortable As Anil Kapoor Forces Him To Dance At ‘Animal’ Pre-Release Event! Netizens Call It, ‘Second Hand Embarrassment’

The first half of the film builds the perfect amount of excitement and anticipation among the audience. The war drums, the songs, the dialogues, it all feels like a complete package. On the contrary, the latter half takes a backseat, in terms of sensibility, and drama. With such a thumping first half, much more could have been achieved, but most of it is enjoyable and it will leave you relaxed on the seat and make you wonder the need for a few scenes. 

In terms of performance, Ranbir Kapoor, Rashmika Mandanna, Anil Kapoor, Shakti Kapoor and the rest of the cast have turned out to be the best choices in this nearly 180-minute spectacle. 

Ranbir Kapoor has once again instilled himself as the new generation superstar, who is ready to accept challenges. Agreed, his aura resembles to that of Sanjay Dutt, but let’s not forget his acting range, trying to imitate Baba is not an easy task and a lot more goes into it than just acting. His dialogue delivery looks remarkable and perfectly timed. 

There’s been a lot of buzz around Rashmika's poor acting skills, and this review somehow tries to break that myth. Generating that level of chemistry and playing a staunch personality opposite the beast of a character is not an easy task. The actress has done justice to every single minute she has appeared on the screen. 

Adding on to it, Anil Kapoor, Shakti Kapoor, Upendra Limaye and other supporting actors have done justice to their part and none of them leave any loose ends. ALSO READ | Animal: Venkatesh Daggubati Roots For Ranbir Kapoor Starrer! Pens Special Post, Extending Heartfelt Wishes And Luck Ahead Of Film’s Release-SEE POST

Speaking of Bobby Deol, director Sandeep Vanga Reddy has goofed up this part the most. The actor deserved more screen time and barely any chemistry was developed between the main character and the villain. Lord Bobby looks marvellous with whatever amount of screentime was offered to him, and a lot could have been achieved with his presence. 

In conclusion, the film surfaces major flaws that cannot be ignored. The first half merits in all terms and it wins all your attention but, Sandeep’s touch feels missing from the latter half. Lack of Bobby’s screen time and poorly crafted action sequences, just keep the film an inch away from making it the masterpiece.

Ratings: 4/5