Published on July 8th, 2013 | by Allan Brown4
Beasts of the Southern Wild Review
Movie Review: Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Director: Benh Zeitlin
Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly
Plot: Beasts of the Southern Wild is a story told through the eyes of Hushpuppy a 6 year old girl who must show great strength when faced with her father’s fading health and a storm that will test her courage, strength and her communities will.
In an industry choked with superheroes and shock’em horror movies this film comes as a refreshing alternative. An emotionally charged tale that boasts beautiful, visceral visuals that unashamedly capture the beauty, hardship and horrors of life in the Bathtub, a small community who live in the swamplands of Louisiana on the other side of the levy.
Hushpuppy (Quvenzhane Wallis) living a near orphan life wants nothing more than to be held, loved and wanted, like any child. However, she is slowly becoming a product of both her environment and her father’s (Dwight Henry) tough love approach, as he prepares her for life once he has gone. Both these elements are key to the story and act as the main character arch throughout.
Both leads give powerful Oscar worthy performances and none more so than the young Wallis who was plucked out of obscurity for her first time role here. The performances give the film a raw edge that feels real, powerful, deeply emotional and truly unforgettable.
Summary: Beasts of the Southern Wild is grounded powerfully naturalistic performances, a mesmerising soundtrack and beautiful visuals. This Terrence Malick esque tale is simply stunning and one of 2012s most outstanding films, which will undoubtedly be showered with accolades come award season. In short, a poetic masterpiece