Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) is a curious little six-year-old girl who lives with her father down in an area of the bayou known as the Bathtub. She is mostly left to her own devices and spends her time exploring and trying to discover the ways of the universe. And then there is her father, Wink (Dwight Henry). He has a tough love policy and is bent on Hushpuppy learning how to survive, for her to become “king” of the bathtub because he is dying, and the waters are rising. It is up to Hushpuppy to stop the unstoppable and save her whole way of life – the only life she knows. Also starring Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes, Pamela Harper, Gina Montana, Amber Henry, Jonshel Alexander, Joseph Brown, Henry D. Coleman, Kaliana Brower, Philip Lawrence.
Beasts of the Southern Wild is one of those films that doesn’t really make much sense to you when you start watching it but by the end you feel you gained something even if you aren’t sure what. It has the feel of Tree of Life without being similar really at all. Everything about of this movie feels raw and real, and the fact that it is told from the perspective of a six-year-old gives it another level of interesting. I have to say I don’t think I quite “got” what it was all about but I definitely understood the hype. It is a film with a heart and it wears it on its sleeve for everyone to see. By the end you will love everything about this intrepid little girl who isn’t afraid of anything life throws at her. All of this makes for a movie that is unconventional to say the least.
8/10 Stars – I may not understand it but I get it…if that makes any sense.
For what I will call the 2012 “The Tree of Life” picture, The Beasts of the Southern Wild is all about art, imagination and being out-of-the-norm. From visuals of a young girl holding a live crab up to her ear to hear its heart beat to a dead goat laying in a ditch after a flood, this movie will show you things that most people in 1st world countries never see in their lifetime, let alone on a daily basis. These people live in the slums, and in Hushpuppy’s case, the “Bath Tub”, which is the bed of a pick-up truck with a motor tied to it in the middle of the water. What’s even more surprising is these people call this type of life “home” and will fight to keep their “home,” no matter how unhealthy it could be. Beasts of the Southern Wild isn’t the kind of movie that is for everyone, and is probably why it is nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, but seeing that it is 93 minutes and definitely not boring, it’s worth your time to watch it. That is, if you like to see things in movies you’ve never seen before, even if it’s not that pretty.
7/10 Stars – Totally not what I usually watch, and not one of the more entertaining pieces in 2012, but its unique and very interesting, so I can see why the Academy likes it.
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