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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.
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…
"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.
are you fucking kidding me?
A beautiful, moving, wonderfully acted, but woefully misguided film, Beasts of the Southern Wild is damn near impossible for me to review.
But before I go off on a rant, let me cover the good stuff (and there's a lot). Benh Zeitlin has created a gorgeous film, the kind of movie that I think David Gordon Green would still be making if he had stepped away from the bong. It is elegiac, contemplative, and features one of the most fascinating child performances (from Quvenzhané Wallis) that I've ever seen. In its recreation of an isolated delta community, the set design is astounding. Its keen ear towards…
An amazing experience once again. On a scene by scene basis there is so much that works and I could go on and on listing favorite moments (the flashback with the mother and alligator would be the top, no doubt, though), but when it is all over I am left with a feeling that this is as complete as it gets. Everything you need is right here.
Basicamente é a sobreviver de uma enorme tempestade a beber e a comer marisco e pronto há la uma morte e um encontro. E é isso.
This is a feel-good movie wrapped in a darker film. It begins with a little girl named Hushpuppy bouncing through the jungle-like bayous of Louisiana in her don't-give-a-damn underwear and rain boots, playing with animals and learning about the give and take of nature- an allegory repeated throughout the film. But the lightheartedness quickly falters as the viewer sees the slum-like conditions of the "home" she shares with her father. Her father is a loud and hot-tempered man with a wild need to be free of any tethers of society or otherwise. But he is at least a part-time caretaker who embraces the little lessons he can teach her when he remembers his daughter is there at all. The film…
The best movie of 2012 and one of the most powerful movies ever made. A great character study with nearly no flaws. The kid is this movie might be the best kid actor of all time. I love this movie and everything about it.
This is a deeply moving, poetic, visceral film. It's like a dream with raw edges, or like a dive into deep water - hardly any words do the experience justice.
Starts off really strong, never really goes anywhere
That's it, that's the review.
It is a mistake to politicize Beasts of the Southern Wild, director Benh Zeitlin’s extraordinary first feature and an award winner at Sundance and Cannes this past year. While the Katrina-like iconography is inescapable, it is nonetheless a picture which more firmly associates itself with the works of Pixar or Studio Ghibli – a resourceful young girl with a broken home embarks on an epic adventure that alternates between the mystical and the familiar. The critics who suggest the inappropriateness of privileged filmmakers making a social realist fable about a poor, isolated section of New Orleans are not inherently wrong in having their concerns, but where they are mistaken is in assuming that the picture is about class above all…
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