Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Beasts of the Southern Wild
I gotta take care of mine.
Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in “the Bathtub,” a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he’s no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack—temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Hey girl. Sorry you're too young and too small to do anything about global warming, your poverty, your father's horrendous parenting style, your missing mom, your terrible schooling, your community's penchant for alcoholism and general unwindulaxing, and being inculcated with values that emphasize the masculine ("beast it") to the detriment of the feminine ("don't be a pussy"). Oh yeah, and your father dying.
But hey! You stood up to some imaginary monster pigs, so good for you.
I've watched this like eighteen times over the past four years.
Beasts of the Southern Wild sucker punched me while I had my guard down. I knew next to nothing about it, but I wasn't really ready for this fable-like slice of magical realism.
The simplest stories are often the most interesting. This one's unique protagonist describes it best herself: 'Future scientists will know, there was a girl named Hushpuppy who lived with her father in the Bathtub.' That phrase will carry an emotional depth with it as well as a deeper meaning after you've watched this film.
This is a film about life, about being firmly rooted in the world and the place you live, about family and the self-evident strength of the…
Being the darling of the Sundance film festival can often be more of a curse than a blessing. Beasts of the Southern Wild arrives on a tidal wave of gushing critical praise, and the occasional criticism of its fetishization of the poor, but I was left a little nonplussed by the whole affair. It’s a hard film to describe - it’s part plaintive magical realism and part apocalyptic fable. A Cajun coming-of-age yarn about a six-year-old girl, Hushpuppy, living with her ill father in the flood threatened bayou surrounded by broad and colourful characters who have slipped through the cracks and formed their own ramshackle community ignored and forgotten by the rest of the world.
As a first feature, director…
Lots of crying.
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" is an adventure that is, at once, grimy and colorful, celebratory and heartbreaking, and concrete and metaphorical. Filling similar cinematic space as 2011's "Tree of Life," the film is both a straight ahead tale of life and survival and a nearly poetic, theme-rich think-piece. Its cinematography is grainy and vibrant; its performances, especially the revelatory Quvenzhané Wallis, are authentic and bold.
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" is a rich, layered experience. Although not for everyone, the memorable and moving film is worthy of praise and discussion.
At some points during Beasts of the Southern Wild I was unsure where the film was heading. There were scenes where little was happening and it felt disjointed. However often with films you need to stay till the end and then the pieces come together. This was the case for me with Beasts. I could now see that the earlier parts which I thought were incoherent were in fact just part of a quiet buildup towards the breathtaking finale. Only when the end credits came on did I realise I had witnessed a truly magical film: entirely beautiful, completely original and full of life. This is one I will be watching again and I already look forward to that.
Neat story, nice visuals, very good acting, especially from the young lead actress. In the end though I just wasn't that keen on it, this film comes with quite a reputation but it just wasn't for me on this watch.
If you're the type of film viewer that requires clear exposition, Beasts Of The Southern Wild will probably frustrate you. This film works in the same way that a great painting or poem works. It requires a little work on your part and, as is often the case with art, what you get out of it will depend largely on what you bring to it, but therein lies it's great reward. Of course, like all great art, it's greatness does not depend on your enjoyment. If you don't make a connection, if you don't "get it", it will fall flat, may even anger you. On the other hand, you may feel it belongs among the great American films. That's ok. Take a chance. You might win! Nominated for 4 Academy Awards, including Best Actress, making 9 year old Quvenzhané Wallis the youngest performer ever to be nominated in this category.
"Everybody loses the thing that made them. It's even how it's supposed to be in nature."
Isolated from the mainland, 6-year-old Hushpuppy lives here with her father Wink, in a desolate wasteland appropriately titled: The Bathtub. Surrounded by the hazardous prospect of an incoming and fearsome storm, Hushpuppy endures frightful circumstances with stalwart resilience. She is a beast of the southern wild.
The film begins by introducing us to the intrepid Hushpuppy. She is shown to have an intimate connection with animals, suggesting a oneness with her intrinsic bestial spirit. This relationship manifests itself in her focused wonder of their communication. She holds a small bird to her ear, revealing a tiny heartbeat. Her face displays an intense…
I've watched this like eighteen times over the past four years.
That's pretty impressive for a six year old to become a beast of the southern wild, but at what cost?
I love the vicious freedom of this film, but I struggle to see past a painful relationship full of abuse and ignorance between a grown man and his very young daughter. Everyone has the right to live the life they want, but that aggressive anarchy proves unfit for a child at times. Nevertheless, Hushpuppy concludes the film possessing more strength than I probably have, and somehow you just know the Bathtub will forge on.
For such a low budget production, this is really beautiful cinematography. I normally can't do shaky camera, but it was tasteful and suiting in this case.…
A bunch of folksy hoo-ahs do their damnedest to spoil what is at times a really weird, surreal, and moving portrait of a beaten-down corner of the world.
Chill out with the Hushpuppy narration. The little girl's mouth barely utters a word on camera, but her voiceover monologuing has her sounding like the most profound person to ever read her horoscope at the dentist in the back of Us Weekly.
Honestly, they sunk their own ship on this one. So many memorable characters in the background (most of whom don't get enough to do), excellent set pieces and plot twists, and some halfway decent magical realism elements. This should be an ensemble piece instead of a magnifying glass on the…
Beasts of the Southem Wild é conceitual e realista mas, e o cinema? E a arte? Um agrupamento de cenas chocantes não é necessariamente um drama! Os roteirista Lucy Alibar e
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