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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?
B+ | 79 | Very Good
A seriously unique and touching movie, that only gets taken down a little by its awful camera work and the realization that the story isn’t really going anywhere at a certain point. Yeah, there are lots of “magic moments” and even more symbolism, but in the end it feels kinda empty. But I definitely don’t regret watching it.
Expectations can be a bitch.
Based on everything I'd read about this movie, I imagined it would live in the same realm as Lady in the Water or Bridge to Terabithia or Neverwas or Big Fish even something along the lines of a more realistic Neverending Story. When I think of "fantasy" movies set, at least in part, in the real world, that's what I think of. This... wasn't that. At all.
First, the good. "However you spell her first name" Wallace is really good. Not quite "makes me want to see the Annie remake" good, but she carries this film and gives a great performance. The setting was cool, too. I was feeling like this film was going to…
I wish I could jump on board with the bandwagon and say how much of a masterpiece this film is. But I saw it a few years ago at an Urban Cinematheque, and it only slightly peaked my interest. Incredibly made, very powerful, but predictably emotional film. The story is supposed to be feel good from the get-go. It's pining emotion from the audience.
An emotional film that relies heavily on the spectacular performances of the two leads. Without those two, the movie would likely fall a bit flat, but the best actress nomination in 2012 was very well deserved.
Με τις μισές μπομπίνες, σε ανάκατη σειρα, και πάλι έκλαψα.
Say what you want about Hushpuppy's and Wink's lifestyle, but you can't deny that he is one of the greatest fathers ever put on screen. He not have had it all together, but he did the best he absolutely could, and there's something to be said for that.
A lot of what this film has to offer is good, but it also has many things that I just didn't care for.
Beasts of the Southern Wild is a very well acted and directed film by Benh Zeitlin about growing up and the hardships involved in doing so. Quvenzhané Wallis did a phenomenal job pulling off the Hushpuppy character. Her fierce and unbreakable charm was unbelievable. Not many children that young could pull off a performance that convincing.
But while it manages to be dramatic and real, most of it is underwhelming. It's very visually and audibly appealing from a cinematography and score perspective, but the plot was just non-sensical and all over the place at times that it…
It's like Miranda July tried to make Terrence Malick's Tideland (a Terry Gilliam film). Ugh.
My main problem with Beasts of the Southern Wild is that it is directed by some affluent white twentysomething from New York who moved to New Orleans to make movies. The only person qualified to tell this story is a N'Orleans or Louisiana native. It wouldn't be such an issue if the film weren't so manipulative and manufactured. It's vexing - from the absurd, pretentious monologues that would never come out of an eight-year-old's mouth (unless she were reading someone else's words, which is exactly how it comes across) to the overused handheld camera, atrocious lighting, and smothering close-ups. Elbert Ventura of Reverse Shot says…
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!