Movies that are slightly off.
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 may contain 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.
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.
I've watched this like eighteen times over the past four years.
"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.
Touching and interesting at times, but as a whole the film just didn't click with me. The director was talking in a language that I just don't speak.
I remember adoring this the first time I saw it and I need to watch it again. Totally magical.
Quvenzhané Wallis should have definitely won the Academy Award for this film. This film is beautiful. It shows that despite living conditions, or poverty, a community is a family. "Beasts" has a mix of what seems like total fiction with such real subject matter which really puts you into Hushpuppy's mind--the mind of a child. I fell in love with this film the first time I saw it and haven't cried that hard at anything since my first viewing.
Film #7 of Scavenger Hunt #14
Task #6 - An English-language film with a non-white female lead
"One day, the storm's gonna blow, the ground's gonna sink, and the water is gonna riiise up so high.. there ain't gonna be no Bathtub. Just a whole bunch of water."
I very nearly went for an easy option of rewatching Tarantino's Jackie Brown for task #6 of this month's scavenger hunt. I'm so glad I didn't. What a wonderful, little film this is. Written, directed, composed and acted out from the heart.
Quvenzhané is a gift to mankind and we should protect her at all costs
The film is magical realism on screen with it's lushness and vivacity. The plot is not one of those by the numbers things, so I can't quite describe it. I very much feel like I need to re-watch this movie to process it in total.
THAT SCORE THO
so much complexity and meaning in such a simple, pure story of love.
"No cryin' here..."
Yeah, right. No crying.
I need to listen to my mother more.
Gut wrenchingly beautiful film. I think this is probably the best film I've ever seen in its portrayal of the way a six year old little girl experiences the confusion, the beauty, the cruelty, and magic of the world around her. A true work of magic realism.
The cinematography was beautiful as was the score. Performances were phenomenal, especially by the lead Quvenzhané Wallis.
What? I'm not crying. Pshhhh.
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