Beasts of the Southern Wild [Blu-ray]
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This movie, better than any other, cherishes these truths and films them. I'm grateful that Zeitlan chose not to embrace Cajuns in this movie, because that aspect of our culture has become so commercialized and is so foreign that all people pay attention to when given that in a film are the quaint accents. He chose a creole culture (that does exist more or less) in a place (that also does exist, more or less) and gives it nickname that expresses many of our worst fears about what can happen to cherished lands after a bad flood and storm due to the levee system that was designed, in many cases, to protect some interests only.
Many of the aspects of this movie were drawn from real-life. Levees have been blown up in the past to the decimation of entire creole cultures. Hurricanes come with regularity and destroy much; ome people do not have resources or the ability to leave and some stay out of sheer cussedness.Read more ›
One such variable is story. Hushpuppy is a six-year-old girl who lives with her father on the wrong side of a levee in a fictitious Southeast Louisiana town called The Bathtub. The film follows her point of view, and the world of her active imagination and the real world around her often intertwine on screen. The film is your standard coming of age story, but it is this unique perspective of Hushpuppy and her understanding of the world around her that is the foundation of the film and its magic.
Another variable is music. The director worked closely with his friend and composer Dan Romer in creating the score for the film. The result is one of the best scores in modern cinema. Just like the film, the music is a beautiful blend of contradictions. It's uplifting yet tinged with sadness, vast yet intimate, wise and noble yet naive and playful.
And the final variable I'll mention is performance. Other reviewers have made mention of the non-actors that occupy this film. This is another example of the director taking the contradictory and making it cohesive. It would seem unlikely that those untrained in the craft of acting would be able to aptly portray such subtlety, humor, love and pathos yet there it is, captured on film for all to see.
Beasts of the Southern Wild is a film that will simultaneously break, mend, and uplift your heart. Do your soul a favor and see this film.
The film focuses on life in "The Bathtub" , a poor section of Louisiana. Surviving there is precarious and everything can be swept away if water overflows the levee system.Hushpuppy has a world view which helps create order amidst chaos but it is about to be severely tested.
The Bathtub community, so vividly seen through Hushpuppy's eyes, is one layer of this film- the words and soundtrack add depth and resonance which result in a film poetic enough to take your breath away. And the images...from Hushpuppy's expressive face to a homemade boat floating on water...they are also hypnotic.
I urge you not to focus only on what is literal or seems true to life in this film. Watching it is often like dreaming while awake. This is not to say that Beasts of the Southern Wild is too artsy. But the plot is portrayed most strongly through the eyes of an imaginative and sensitive 6 year old.
And this is always the part of a film review where I hesitate to provide any information that would spoil the film. So I will only add that there are many intense moments, some full of pain and resilience, here. If you see any film on the big screen this year, make it this one. It deserves to be experienced that way.
I do want to add that Hushpuppy's father, Wink, is also played by a nonprofessional actor ( Dwight Henry) .He is utterly believable in his portrayal of a strong yet flawed man who is deeply loved by his daughter.
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My husband and I have watched Beasts of the Southern Wild several times. The first time we both sat on the sofa with our mouths opened almost through the entire film. Read morePublished 3 days ago by MCW
As many other reviewers have mentioned here, I had very high hopes for this film based on what I had read about it. But magic and joy? No--they're not here at all. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Running Deer
Wonderful story. The little girl who played Hushpuppy is amazing.Published 10 days ago by Kris Kershaw
A great book that will leave you guessing and mesermized with each turn if the page. This is a spectacular book. We read it for our book club. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Alaska Amazoner
I had to watch this moving allegory several times to really understand it. As a parent, it touched me deeply as it explores how a poor, uneducated, dying father with no resources... Read morePublished 14 days ago by DEK
This little is absolutely remarkable. She was just 5 when she auditioned. If this is her natural state, then she must be fierce at home. If it's acting, then WOW!Published 14 days ago by N. Lepoutre-Baldocchi
This became an instant favorite and I've watched it numerous times. It gets better with each viewing. The actors, especially the amazing Quvenzhané Wallis are wonderful. Read morePublished 17 days ago by H. Roach
Was recommended by my sister. I'm not a film critic, but I do consider myself to have well versed in film, and I really don't think I was the target audience. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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