Saturday, January 19, 2013

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD | MOVIE REVIEW


My thoughts, reflections and predictions for...


BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Director: Behn Zeitlin 
Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Gina Montana

NOMINATIONS:
BEST PICTURE
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE - Quvenzhané Wallis
DIRECTING - Behn Zeitlin
WRITING (Adapted Screenplay) - Lucy Alibar and Behn Zeitlin


Beasts of the Southern Wild is the endearing story of young Hush Puppy and the lost part of the world (The Bathtub) that she and her single father live in. When her father comes down with a mysterious illness, the environment seems to respond. A storm floods the Bathtub, and a few inhabitants refuse to leave. Meanwhile, Hush Puppy is on the search for her mother who "swam away." 

This movie reminds me of Tree of Life, Where the Wild Things Are and Winter's Bone all wrapped into one movie. Hush Puppy narrates the story all throughout, and we follow through her somewhat unreliable eyes. It is like Tree of Life wherein you kind of don't really know what the movie was actually trying to say. Only with someone as cute as Quvenzhané Wallis, as a viewer, I was more willing to follow her along for the peculiar ride. It is like Where the Wild Things Are in that there are also these strange beasts and it is kind of mystical. It is like Winter's Bone in the portrayal of poverty, the grittiness of all the people. Despite living in a bathtub, they were awfully dirty. 

I didn't love all of this movie, but I definitely loved some parts. Especially the little girl, Quvenzhané Wallis. She carries the film. Without her, there wouldn't have been much going for it. This movie makes you think. Because it comes through the eyes of a six year old, we see the scenes chopped up and strangely intertwined without really getting a true explanation. Hush Puppy believes that everything has a heart beat and everything beats together. When one piece falls apart, the rest follow (at least this is my interpretation of what is going on). 

Quote by Roommate cousin: "This movie paints a beautifully harrowing picture of life in the Bathtub, while leaving open the viewers' own interpretation to what the 'beasts' represent." 

True that.

Predictions...hmm...I would love to give the Oscar to Quvenzhané Wallis. She was captivating, adorable and believable. However, I might just say that this is one of those movies that gets the nominations but no wins. We shall see! February 24th.

See it, because man alive she is precious.





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