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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…
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.
are you fucking kidding me?
A beautiful, heart-wrenching film with an extraordinary performance by Wallis.
This time around I wasn't captivated as much by the magic of the film as before. But the music is still terrific.
"Who the man?" – "I'm the man!"
You're the man indeed, young girl.
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I pretty much loved this film. Magical realism is a pretty safe bet with me, and the movie brings it. The main cast is wonderful (though I found the supporting characters a bit underdeveloped) and it is a beautiful movie (bokeh!).
I notce that there has been some controversy around the story. Personally I liked it, found it to show resilience in the face of adversity, while not discounting weakness ("This is most important thing I can ever teach y'all. You got to take care of people that's smaller and sweeter than you are."). However, I'm an upper middle class white woman over in Europe, so my opinion really doesn't matter in this debate.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Lost River: Louisiana Edition
And…that makes two magical realism fairy-tale-ish films about flooded, near-abandoned impoverished areas I’ve been underwhelmed by. Though unlike LR I feel as though I’m more likely to get lynched for my opinion about this one.
The performances are excellent and feel appropriately authentic and believable. Wallis’ in particular, while hyped relentlessly (it’s been quite a while since I first read a review in an issue of Empire/viewed the appropriate Oscars ceremony), actually lived up to it.
Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin’s music – which sounds like a mix between Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes and Mumford & Sons that, with that description, makes it sound like it shouldn’t work – is properly fantastic; and is something I will…
Yes. Just yes.
And it has a great soundtrack.
did not hold up NEARLY as well upon rewatch but still sort of beautiful and deeply sad and quvenzhané wallis has the most amazing face ("no crying" more like yes crying)
Six year old Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) lives with her father, Wink, in the Bathtub, a remote area of Louisiana, cut off from the rest of the world by a levee.
While the ill Wink is hospitalized, Hushpuppy fends for herself, but when a storm approaches, Hushpuppy and a returning Wink ride out the storm together in their dilapidated shelter. Afterwards, their jubilation at surviving is dashed as they realize the storm deposited a large amount of salt water in The Bathtub. In order to drain the dangerous water, they have to destroy the levee, removing the barrier separating their community from the rest of the world and destroying the area's unique cultural identity.
After the catastrophe has passed, Wink succumbs…
So surprised this hadn't been on my radar until now. Never seen anything like it before. Exceptional, unique and fearless filmmaking.
( F+ ) This is the type of movie that critics swoon over but I'm calling bullshit on this one. Throwing it on the pile w/ "Mystic River", "The Squid & the Whale", & "Juno." All films that tricked the public w/ their pseudo intellectualism. Strong performances + over the top mellodrama are fine but only work if the story isn't completely upsurd. See it for the thrilling conclusion where lil homeless kids swim across a river to fetch a fish sandwich for a dying dad but only after slow dancing in a whore house.. I'm serious. Cookie cutter wisdom at it's worst.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!