Beasts of the Southern Wild affects all five senses

12 Jan


At the beginning of the film, I found myself floating adrift with no idea where I was or why I was there. My conscience did not want to believe this beautiful and resourceful girl, Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) was living in the Louisiana Bayou under such poverty-stricken conditions. The Beasts of the Southern Wild is easily the most thought provoking film of the year. At its core, it is about love and loss, but there are many layers to this story that an audience member can peel back and talk about forever. Director Benh Zeitlin does a masterful job creating this alternative world with an inexperienced cast and a set of creatures that divert audiences from brooding to long on the impending tragic sequence of events. Wallis performs beyond her years, while first time actor, Dwight Henry electrifies the screen as Hushpuppy’s unpredictable and unhealthy father. Beasts of the Southern Wild is an original film that affects all five senses.


Chuck’s Grade: B+

Adam’s Grade: N/A

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