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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.
Lots of crying.
Beasts of the Southern Wild was the first directional work from Benh Zeitlin, and, as Kate Muir said, first features don’t get much better. Beasts of the Southern Wild is a remarkable journey that is half realistic and half fantastic, which follows Hushpuppy (superbly brought to life by Quvenzhané Wallis), a six years old girl who lives in a river delta in Louisiana, settled in an isolated community with her father Wink. You can try, but I don't think you can find such a raw film that can explore both poverty and family bonds so well.
Beasts of the Southern Wild portrays a story about a community which lives below the poverty line, but, above all, it develops a story…
A young girl's life on the wrong side of the levee and how even the worst of situations are a grand adventure.
Community and disconnectedness. Mythology and reality. Hope and disappointment. Life and death. Strength and fragility. Destruction and resilience. The forgotten and dispossessed. Journeys and endings.
No matter how cruel and abusive fathers can be they are still giants in the eyes of their children. Maybe we should try and live up to that.
Primal, mythic and touching. Heartbeats, hooves and thunder.
I was expecting Sundance-y twee BS and I was wrong. This is a very moving and imaginative film, and above all singular, unlike anything I've seen.
The score is beautiful, the imagery very evocative, and the two leads are incredible, especially considering they are not professional actors. There are a couple of scenes between them that had me fighting the tears yet it never felt manipulative or heavy-going.
The director is a great new voice in the crowded world of US indie cinema, and while I feel like I am the last person to see this, I can only join the chorus of praise
Global warming causes a southern community to sink underwater. In the midst of this setting, a little girl living in squallor, and her alcoholic father try to cope. Very poetic, beautifully crafted and acted by non-actors. Little Wallis is superb. Excellent debut for director Benh Zeitlin.
Beasts of the Southern Wild is one of those rare films that only come around every once and a while that truly make you gasp at the sheer power of cinema. Beautifully shot, with an outstanding score and cast (mostly first-timers), Zeitlin's lullaby masterpiece takes such grandiose themes as economic placement, human integrity and bravery, stubborn individuality and showcases them all off like a dream in a very personal story of a little girl whose community is threatened by a storm (or beasts, if you will). As the film progresses, it only gets better, with Hushpuppy's relationship with her father so honestly and touchingly portrayed. The first time I saw the film, I found the "beasts" metaphor to be a…
Benh Zeitlin's magical realist-fable is an awe-inspiring, original, and breathtakingly beautiful. Its sheer cinematic power gets more and more powerful in multiple viewings. Quvenzhane Wallis gave one of the best child performances ever captured on film. She's bold, charismatic, fierce, and embodies an immeasurable strength and power knowing that she's just 5 years old when she did the film. Both Zeitlin and Wallis literally won my heart. I just love it.
A truly beautiful film, this. There aren't enough superlatives to describe it properly.
Quvenzhané Wallis: What a fantastic little actress.
Little Hushpuppy perfectly embodies everything good about the human spirit. She is deeply curious, warm, caring, and completely fearless.
This film is magical.
I am very sad to say this movie was quite a disappointment to me. First, I do not deny that it is a great film. The creativity behind it, the energy it conveys, the beautiful set designs, the endlessly convincing cast, the bitterness and beauty of the story and the characters. I saw all those things on screen. I also saw giant aurochs. I have my own private problems with those I won't get into. I just don't knwo. Somehow I didn't like the movie. Somehow I couldn't believe in it. And it was not the fantastical bits that really bothered me. It was the fervor of the people, the elaborate contraptions, the cruelty and kindness of the father, the…
An exceptional tale of childhood imagination and innocence accompanied by a depiction of unspeakable poverty, endurance and strength.
It has moments of magic and my eyes wept tears of joy for the film's main character, young Hushpuppy (an astonishing 8 year old, Oscar-nominated Quvenzhane Willis). The young Hushpuppy cares for her ailing father (a remarkable Dwight Henry) before, during and after the rising floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina in the bowels of Louisiana long forgotten by most civilization.
It brazenly crosses back and forth between fable and reality -- but it makes it all the more special as this is a film about a one-of-a-kind individual known as Hushpuppy.
Brave. Beautiful. Bold.
Beasts of the Southern Wild is a frankly wonderful fantasy drama film directed by Benh Zeitlin and starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry, both of whom are fantastic.
Hush Puppy lives on the levee in Louisiana, in a small community, all of whom live in moderately squalid conditions, but when the storm hits their world is turned upside down.
The characters are brilliantly drawn, the scenery is fantastic and the overall feel of the film is like nothing else; the whole picture is truly magical. Quvenzhané Wallis became the youngest Best Actress nominee in history at the Oscars - she probably should have won. Lovely.
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!