I’ve Seen Monkey Man, And Here’s Why It Has Me Very Excited For Dev Patel’s Directing Career

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SPOILER WARNING: The following article gives away major details from the plot of Monkey Man, so proceed with caution as you read on.

When Dev Patel landed his breakthrough role as the lead in the Best Picture Oscar winner, 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire, the world foresaw many great things in the young, British actor’s future… but becoming an action movie star was probably not quite one of them. However, not only has he achieved that long-desired goal, but has also reinvented himself as an action movie filmmaker with the release of his feature-length directorial debut, Monkey Man, which is easily one of my favorite movies of 2024 so far.

It also appears that critics are praising Monkey Man — which also had a pretty impressive first weekend at the box office — for what has proven to be a strong first try from behind the camera for the Academy Award nominee, who shows some amazing promise as a filmmaker for the visceral style and unbridled passion loaded in each and every frame from start to finish. That being said, I am delighted Jordan Peele and Universal stepped in to bring the film to the big screen instead of its initial plan to be released direct-to-streaming on Netflix. It probably goes without saying that I am already feverishly looking forward to seeing what Patel bring us next in this new era of his career but, first, I would like to explain what I believe makes his debut such a winning cinematic experience.

(Image credit: Universal Pictures)

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