Beasts of the Southern Wild
Six-year-old Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) lives with her father, Wink (Dwight Henry), in a remote Delta community. Wink is a stern taskmaster, but he is preparing his young daughter for the end of the world. When Wink falls mysteriously ill, nature seems to fall ill with him. Temperatures rise, the ice caps melt and fearsome prehistoric beasts called aurochs run loose. Rising waters threaten to engulf their community, sending Hushpuppy in search of her long-lost mother.
Release Date: June 27, 2012
Director: Benh Zeitlin
Producer: Paul Mezey, Philipp Engelhorn, Michael Raisler, Josh Penn, Dan Janvey, Michael Gottwald
Cast: Dwight Henry, QuvenzhanÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© Wallis, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes, Pamela Harper, Gina Montana, Nicholas Clark, Jovan Hathaway
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Rated PG-13 Child Imperilment|Brief Sensuality|Language|Some Disturbing Images|Thematic Material
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About the only thing I enjoyed in this film was the little girl's performance. The overall movie didn't impress me, the way the little girl was treated bothered me, even if it was supposedly "out of love." There is a scene when little girls are so in need of mother's care that they dance with prostitutes and imagine that the prostitutes are their mothers. Uncomfortable! The whole mystic creature returning from prehistoric times and message of "you have to be a beast to survive in the outskirts of the South" just didn't resonate with me. I thought it was mediocre at best. In fact, so mediocre, that I'm extremely surprised it was nominated for best picture at the Oscars.February 25th, 2013 · Details
A beautiful and exhilarating film that constantly blurs the line between fantasy and reality. Although the content is quite mild even for a PG-13 movie, the non-traditional narrative may be difficult for younger audiences to appreciate.August 24th, 2012 · Details
I know this movie has gotten rave reviews, but I had to turn it off before it was over. I rarely do this. I found it incredibly slow, boring, and weird!July 4th, 2013 · Details
Whether or not you like Beasts of the Southern Wild, you will be captivated by the depiction of this impoverished community and the independent little girl cast as the star. After a while, the initial fascination wears off and the slow pace and mellow plot will take its toll on your interest. The acting is first rate, however, and if nothing else the film is a valuable look at another culture and an invitation to develop strength to prepare for hard times... See Full ReviewAugust 25th, 2013 · Details
Parents should know that this movie includes a child and adults in peril, a parent who is critically ill, images of flooding, destruction, and mythical beasts, some strong language, scenes in a brothel, and drinking... See Full Review
Beasts of the Southern Wild" is a mixture of magical realism, Southern gothic, coming-of-age movie, star turn for first-timers, disaster story and out-and-out strangeness. It's unlike any film you've seen... See Full Review
Sometimes miraculous films come into being, made by people you've never heard of, starring unknown faces, blindsiding you with creative genius. "Beasts of the Southern Wild" is one of the year's best films... See Full Review
It's unlikely there will be a film as visually stunning or poetic this year ‚Äî or perhaps any year ‚Äî to rival Beasts of the Southern Wild... See Full Review
The movie is small, local, and idiosyncratic. Then again, it's also a thing of beauty and originality ‚Äî and for that, sustained huzzahs are in order... See Full Review