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Published on July 8th, 2013 | by Allan Brown


Beasts of the Southern Wild Review

Movie Review: Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)beasts-of-the-southern-wild-poster

Rating: (12A)

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.



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Hush-puppy-beasts-of-the-southern-wildIn 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 Quvenzhane-Wallis-beasts-of-the-southern-wildany 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.

Beasts of the Southern Wild Review Allan Brown


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



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4 Responses to Beasts of the Southern Wild Review

  1. Agree completely with your summary. This was the best film I saw last year by some distance.

    • Allan Brown says:

      Iv’e now seen it three times and Ive gotta say, it doesn’t loose any of its power with repeat viewings. A classic in every sense of the word. Thanks for taking the time to read my review Stephen.

  2. This is my favourite film of 2012, and my 3rd favourite movie of all time. Beasts of the Southern Wild captivated me. It reignited my passion for cinema at a time when I was starting to lose interest. Who knows, it may be regarded as a classic in the future.

    Great review. It’s good to see someone else enjoyed this film as much as I did 🙂

    • Allan Brown says:

      My favorite from 2012 also. It’s a film I have trouble finding any criticism towards, closest I’ve seen to perfection in a very long time. Thanks for stopping by Ben

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