Set in a secluded community on the edge of the world, we follow the life of a vibrant six-year-old girl known as Hushpuppy, who lives "in the Bathtub" with her occasionally short tempered, but loving father Wink. Most of the film is seen from Hushpuppy's intriguing view of the world around her, such as her bright imagination; that involves the icecaps melting, and causing a discharge from the ice to let loose a group of prehistoric aurochs
To jump straight in, Beasts of the Southern Wild is a fine example of glorious cinematic magic with an unstoppable heart of gold. I can say with full honesty, I have no doubt that this glorious gem will soon be hailed as one of the best films of 2012.
Beasts of the Southern Wild somehow manages to capture a mesmerisingly unique portrayal of curiosity and naivety from the mind of a young child, without succumbing to the urge of over simplifying itself. The film achieves all of this whilst intelligently mixing in subtle overtones of common modern issues, such as natural disasters and climate change; surprisingly all without appearing as an exceedingly pretentious buzz kill. In sole reference to the film's portrayal of current issues, such as climate change and global pollution, Beasts of the Southern Wild is somewhat like a good version of Happy Feet.
In all honesty if I could nit pick at anything, it would have to be the shaky guerilla style camera work, but even that's a far stretch. I say this simply for those who suffer from motion sickness, that it may be a better idea to wait for the DVD/BLURAY release. But with that being said, the camera work used throughout the film is undoubtedly justified, especially in order for director Benh Zeitlin to achieve this stunning documentary style effect.
Other outstanding aspects from Beasts of the Southern Wild include superb direction and writing, as well as a momentous performance from the entire cast, especially for first time actress, Quvenzhane Wallis; who's delightful exploits in this feature are nothing short of perfect.
With an abundance of mentally painful trash being thrown at us through the modern movie theatre, Beasts of the Southern Wild is a refreshing reminder of why we fall in love with cinema in the first place.
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