Animal Kingdom: Season 1 Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I’m pretty late to the party with this show as they’ve already completed season 3… But that does mean that I have the pleasure of binging this thing for many more hours. And trust me, this is most definitely a binge worthy show! If you can’t help yourself and are of the disposition of saying oh just one more, then be warned with this gem.

I think the easiest way to describe it for just a really quick overview would be a Point Break streaming show. It’s family based, its a crime show and they love to do a load of surfing, drinking, drugs, sky diving, paint balling – you name it. If it comes even just slightly under the heading of extreme sports, they’re doing it.

Damn, they even have arguments in sky diving planes and settle scores at the bottom of a swimming pool.

The family in this show is absolutely insane, and each and every one of them is played to perfection by the actors portraying them. The brothers Deran (Jake Weary), Craig (Ben Robson) and Baz (Scott Speedman) all have different levels of crazy with their laid back attitudes coming across really well. Pope on the other hand, played by Shawn Hatosy comes across anything but laid back… this character is scary as hell – you would NOT want to cross him.

J joins the family after the death of his mother and it’s a baptism of fire as they test him to see if he’s got what it takes to hang with his uncles and grandmother, “Smurf”, played by Ellen Barkin. J can be a bit hard to read, but that’s because his insecurities are played so well by Finn Cole, but Barkin plays a real hard lady who you’d want to cross even less than her sons, with a perfect combo of ass kicking persona, devil may care attitude, eye for planning, cunning and dare I say it for a lady of 66 years, sex appeal.

Smurf rules the roost for sure in the Cody household which causes various tensions and little allegances, of which J needs to try and please all of them independently. This leads to what is a pretty chaotic show where money rules supreme and that criminal lifestyle sure does look to have its perks.

As with so many shows these days, it has a real nice combination of violence (some times fairly graphic), attitude, foul language, drug use (a lot of drug use) and sex… Can you have a show these days which doesn’t have sex and nudity? Not if you want to be successful. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, especially as Christina Ochoa is in the mix as well.

This really is my new go to show and I can’t wait to get stuck in to season 2 to see where they take it. The execution of the crimes in this show along with the story as a whole really is very clever, and told in a really clever way, where you always have a good idea of what everyone is up to.

For us in the UK, I’m streaming this on Amazon Prime.

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