Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Source: Wikipedia

What is it?

The low-budget drama film Beasts Of The Southern Wild directed by Benh Zeitlin, and stars the actress Quvenzhané Wallis as the character Hushpuppy and the actor Dwight Henry as the character Wink.

What is it about?

A big storm is approaching a small Louisiana bayou community called The Bathtub where a girl named Hushpuppy lives with her father Wink.

Hushpuppy and her father Wink and several members of the community do not evacuate before the storm arrives, and the film explores the relationship between Hushpuppy and Wink and some other members of their community with a few occasional fantasy elements thrown in.

Here is how Metacritic describes this movie:

In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood.

Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality.

Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.

(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Why do you like it?

I like it because even though the low-budget limited this film’s potential, it was still well acted to the point that it sometimes felt real or like a documentary.

Some of the other things that I liked are the funny and emotional moments, some of the fantasy elements, the father and daughter relationship, and the portrayal of survivors of a storm and their sense of community.

Why would someone else like it?

I think that other people will like it because it is a good and unique low-budget dramatic film that involves family and community before, during, and after a major storm.

Final Thoughts

I think that Beasts Of The Southern Wild is worth watching, it was probably one of the best films that I saw last year, and it was a film that surprised me and that almost made me cry.

I am glad that I watched it even though I had no idea what it was about before I watched it.

The end,

-John Jr


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