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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…
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…
"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.
A beautiful, unique film with some excellent acting. Certain parts reminded me of scenes from Where the Wild Things Are or the beginning of Post Tenebras Lux in that it captured that visceral feeling of being a scared child.
The film really shined when it took on a dreamlike, unreal quality. There were many scenes that seemed to not portray reality, but rather the distorted POV of an adventurous and scared child. Their chaotic home was wonderful and I'm still not sure what really happened in the world of the floating brothel. Was the kind woman supposed to be a real person, an echo of the memories of her mother or something in between? I also liked the aurochs as…
So I recently watched Benh Zeitlin’s critically acclaimed “Beasts of the Southern Wild” a fantasy-drama film now nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress for young Quvenzhané Wallis for the 85th Annual Academy Awards.
The film follows a young 5 year old girl name Hushpuppy( played by Quvenzhané Wallis) who lives in a poor, defiant community called “The Bathtub” cut off from the world by a levee in the Louisiana Bayou and as her optimistic view of life carries her through the ups and downs of her life. When her alcoholic father Wink (Dwight Henry) succumbs to a disease, Hushpuppy must set out with determination on a journey to save him. With the help…
A marriage of legend and reality. A modern day fairy tale filled with wonder and whimsy.
The two main characters, Hushpuppy and her father Wink, live in a poverty stricken community in Southern Louisiana that is separated from the rest of the world by a levee. It's a film primarily about defiance and a group of people determined to live life on their own terms. The father/daughter relationship is poignant and moving as an ailing Wink tries to prepare his daughter for what is to come. The cast is mostly made up of non actors but you would not think this given the convincing nature of their performances. Quvenzhane Wallis as Hushpuppy and Dwight Henry as Wink are both outstanding. The soundtrack is superb and mirrors the film's tone and feel: magical, vigorous and life affirming. One of the best indie films of recent years.
Good stuff. The performances didn't seem quite so assured this time round though. I feel like a lot of this film gets by on the strength of its score.
Let's get wild.beasts of the southern wild.this movie was Brilliant I mean they are some really good shots and the ending was sad.
No Disney fairy tale would have the guts to go where this movie goes. I can also see why the Academy just had to give an award-nomination to Quevenzhane Wallis. The filmmaking is adequate (though probably technically difficult due to the setting) but I responded to it as a very literary film. It looks good but you could write a whole essay just on the use of food in this movie. Put style and content together and Beasts of the Southern Wild really gets at the psychology of people who know they live on the edge of the planet, and wouldn't live anywhere else even as it erodes under them. I think Wink’s behavior is the most honest portrayal of what it looks like when someone takes personal sovereignty to the extreme that we've seen in movies, most just sell the fantasy of it and then you go home to a life designed by somebody else.
I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce and I got egg noodles and ketchup.
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- 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!
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- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
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