Watched American Animals (2018)

Not entirely the film I was expecting but interesting all the same. The most arresting element is the way writer/director Bart Layton integrates interviews with the real people. It reminds me a little of Warren Beatty’s 1981 film Reds. Beatty uses the interviews more as a counterpoint to the action, adding a layer of authenticity, by including accounts from Jack Reed’s contemporaries. Mr. Layton’s film on the other hand plays more like a docudrama, creating a tension between comments made, and events as they happen. It’s a tough line to walk, but Mr. Layton manages not to fall off.


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