Movies that are slightly off.
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 may contain 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.
I've watched this like eighteen times over the past four years.
"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.
Só tenho uma coisa a dizer: uau.
God damn. This film just gets me every time.
In the face of adversity, triumph onward. Beasts reinforces this cental position beautifully. The film instills a sense of wonder and appreciation of the human life, while being all too aware of the societal oppressions that limit our progress.
In essence, fuck it. Don't just live to survive. Thrive.
Beautiful tale from the South!
I know there is a polarized audience out there for this movie, and I respect everyone's opinions, but for those who hate this movie has either misunderstood the movie, or does not have a heart. This is a beautiful story, poetic and aesthetic. This magical-realistic film is a story of human hope. The relationship between father and daughter is beautifully depicted. The father is perhaps unstable and irresponsible, but he loves his daughter.
They live isolated from the modern world. The poor are neglected. The film is a criticism of several socio-economic problems in the real world.
Some believe that the film is racist, since it is almost only blacks who live outside of civilization.…
I think I understand why people boo movies at Cannes now.
the whole time i was watching this i kept saying "aww" in regards to something cute or something sad
Quvenzhané was robbed, that is all.
‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ is a really delicious film. It has an irresistibly tactile, atmospheric quality to it where you can really feel the sweat, the rain, the heat. You can taste the food and when the storm comes you are right in there with Hush Puppy, surrounded by nothing but corrugated iron and rain. It manages to achieve an extraordinary feeling of being very founded in the culture of the Southern United States, capturing its sights, sounds, flavours and spirits in a way that rings totally true, but also strangely timeless. The film could be set in the distant future, the past, the present or in a fantasy world. It could all be in Hush Puppy’s imagination. We…
Benh Zeitlin said that when they set out to make Beasts, they wanted to create new stories, legends, folktales. I don't think they realized that not only would they achieve this, but the story of the film's production-- its unconventional making, its wild and unexpected success, and the avalanche of praise that lasted beyond a year - would become in itself a legend of independent filmmaking.
This may sound sentimental, but this film renewed my hope in the future of cinematic storytelling.
Well done, Court 13. I look forward to your future adventures.
(Watch no. 3)
Touching and interesting at times, but as a whole the film just didn't click with me. The director was talking in a language that I just don't speak.
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