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Review: Documentary SOCIAL ANIMALS Holds A Mirror Up To The Instagram Generation - Movies In Focus
The power of social media is fascinating. Users are able to connect with people from all over the world, using various platforms to market products and even themselves. You only have to look at how Donald Trump used Twitter to help score the US presidential office to see that with the right leverage, anything is possible with the click of a button and carefully placed hashtag. On the surface, a study of a particular social media platform might seem like an unwieldy task, but director Jonathan Ignatius Green’s Social Animals manages to cover the basics and deliver some very interesting character profiles in the process. It’s a film which has plenty to offer the uninitiated and the expert. It might appear to be about technology, but it’s really about humanity. A investigation into the power of Instagram, Green’s film is a fascinating look at three very different teenagers whose live have all been impacted by using the social networking service. We meet Kayln Slevin, budding fashonista with her eye set on the prize of being a Kardashian-size influencer; Humza Deas, an extreme photographer who manages to score acclaim on the New York arts scene and Emma Crockett, a regular teenager [...]