160+ mandatory viewing experiences.
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.
hushpuppy: no crying
me: *sobbing uncontrollably*
A hard movie to sit through. It slowly strengthens your attachment to that sweet little girl and her tormented loving father with equally beauty and ferocity, inevitably pointing to a devastatingly emotional ending that's tough to keep the eyes dry. To withhold a certain natural feel to the picture, the handheld camera makes sense, but when it plays with fantastical elements it doesn't particularly fits with that technique. Wallis' is astoundingly good, acting and almost as importantly reacting, with passion and not an ounce of artificiality. It could had ended two scenes earlier even more efficiently, however the one eventually chosen isn't exactly half-bad as well.
Unique and held my interest. Wasn't sure if it was supposed to be real world or fantasy. Too much handheld shaky camera. Enough filth, garbage, and squalor for 10 movies. Memorable.
Recommended to me by a classmate, this film was both exactly what I expected and not what I expected at all, which in this case was a good thing.
A wonderfully sympathetic look at the lives of the seemingly real people that inhabit the made up land of the movie. The emotional beats work excellently and the characters are worth caring about.
Unfortunately, these interesting characters are not given much to do and it was about 40 minutes in that I began to ask myself what exactly was my motivation to continue watching? The plot has nothing to propel it...
Is it the decaying condition of the father? No, because it's only shown in short thirty second bursts until it's bad enough to be emphasized. Is it the search for the girl's mother? No, because that doesn't begin until an hour in and takes all of 5 minutes to…
First viewing since its theatrical release (when i saw it three times) and I adored it, surprisingly, just as much as I did when I was 12. It's shattering, really, a magical fable about finding one's place in the world, submitting to our position as so-called "beasts" where its not about our impulsiveness but instead about the deep compassion we''re capable of. There are few movies in the past decade i find so immensely rousing in that crowd sense, where any manipulation or conventional ecstacy comes from a place in a genuinely emotion sense. It's just...it's mass entertainment art, and it's just...agh...it's so great ugh lurv dis movie man.
Went through a phase where all I listened to was this…
This is a little overrated, but nevertheless its still an original and beautiful vision of a film, with the dreamy child-like view that takes in such issues as culture, global warming, self-identity and ethnic difference.
With a movie like this, I honestly don't know where to begin. When the movie begins, the audience is greeted with a shaky camera shot. And from that point, there is obviously something different about this film. The story follows a young girl and her father trying to survive a storm and the polar ice caps melting, which results in the water rising drastically. This movie is captivating in every way possible, with fantastic and unique cinematpgraphy, amazing writing, great character development, and brilliant acting, from a nine year old none the less. The camera angles and the way that they shot scenes were done perfectly, with great effects when they were needed. When I mentioned the character decelopment, this…
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