American Animals

American Animals

It is hard to explain exactly why I took against this film - indeed, why I question whether it should ever have been made at all.

Here we have four young men, so fixated on their entitlement to an adrenalin adventure that they exploit the lack of tight security in a library to steal rare and valuable books for money, in the process humiliating and terrifying a librarian.

All four are, in different ways, completely self-centred and amoral, all very difficult to sympathise with. The director, however, makes the incredibly questionable decision to have the real men appear on screen, in between the actors playing them, in a script that is often played for laughs.

The "heist" was back in 2004. There is no reason to celebrate it then and no reason to remember it now. So why make this film at all?