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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.
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…
"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…
In a southern delta community, a girl named Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) and her father Wink (Dwight Henry) live in separate homes made of pretty much whatever was lying around. As her father's health declines, the two live through a storm and a flood together as Wink tries to teach his daughter how to care for herself while she sets out to find her long-lost mother.
I don't really know where to start with this one, other than saying up-front that I really enjoyed watching it. It's a very simple, slice-of-life story, but there is a ton of character work going on. The beasts of the title are metaphoric and present in the film in the form of aurochs, an extinct…
Enchanting, frustrating and moving. Everything I want it to be every time.
Just came around to this pretty wonderful, beautifully shot movie. Wink and hushpuppy are awesome characters who have a gripping and touching relationship. The imagery of the flood in the Bathtub, whether or not it's commentary or metaphor, works.
A wonderful, gorgeous film about death and the nature of strength. Quvenzhane is spellbinding as Hushpuppy, but it is the scorching imagination of Zeitlin throughout this debut feature that marks it out as one of the best of 2012. Not without flaws - primarily its pacing, but Beasts is nevertheless a remarkable achievement. Succeeds where Gilliam failed with Tideland.
Quvenzhané Wallis may be the youngest person to get nominated for Best Actress for the Oscars, but doesn't get nominated for a Golden Globe for this film, but gets nominated for Annie.
Beasts of the Southern Wild may be a small film, buts its a grand cinematic art portrait by Benh Zeitlin, with beautifully acted performances from Wallis and Henry, a craftily told about little things that do matter in life. I do think now Quvenzhané Wallis should have won over Jennifer Lawrence.
Freaking amazing, with these things specifically amazing:
1. The visuals
2. The setting of Bathtub
3. The lead actress' performance
4. The story
5. The originality and creativity
6. The characters
7-101. The visuals
Felt like it was trying to do too many things at once, and it really hurt the film in terms of story comprehension and flow.
A reshuffling of American cinema’s sacred archetypes over the past decade has dealt us a hand of new superheroes, vampires, and arrested adolescents, so it was really only a matter of time before NOLA delta dwellers Hushpuppy and her hooch-swilling daddy Wink took their posts as the 21st century's Magical Negros. Between handheld camerawork, heaving performances, and heavy-handed mise-en-scène – our six-year-old heroine converses with a paper cutout she’s dressed in her mother’s clothes – there isn’t much room to breathe in this tale of abject Southern poverty. "Beasts" wants really badly to pull you into the everyday goings-on of its off-the-grid world, but its whimsical neo-primitivism can be a hard sell. Timeout Chicago’s Ben Kenigsberg reads the parable as…
"When I die, the scientists of the future, they're gonna find it all. They gonna know, once there was a Hushpuppy, and she live with her daddy in the Bathtub."
Wow. I'm not usually a fan of child actors, but Quvenzhané Wallis really knocked her performance out of the park. I've read some reviews criticising the lousy parenting and unrealistic nature of the Bathtub, but personally I found the community (and the whole film) captivating. It's one of those films that's set just close enough to the edge of reality that it lets you believe that the events could happen at the same time as believing in everyday magic. Definitely one I'll come back to.
- 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!