Beast is a serviceable thriller that is almost a great movie. Captivating cinematography, psychologically immersive sound design, and incredible performances from Johnny Flynn and Jessie Buckley aren’t enough to stop the wheels falling off the bus in the third act. The script is easily the weakest part of the movie, which is a real shame, as this is almost something to remember. In acting terms, Jessie Buckley carries the film with an animalistic passion, and her chemistry with Johnny Flynn is electrifying. The script sells itself short. I can’t go into more detail without spoiling the movie.

The sound design is so anxiety producing that I was on the edge of my seat for most of the first and second act.

Overall, this is a pleasant first offering from Michael Pearce. If you like good acting, you’ll definitely appreciate Beast. As far as story goes, there are better thrillers out there, but the craftsmanship that went into making this movie is still worth a watch.

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