It’s no secret that there is a lack of original movies these days. I’m proud to report that Beasts of the Southern Wild breaks through that barrier and does so triumphantly.
The story of Beasts of the Southern Wild surrounds a little girl named Hushpuppy who lives in what is essentially the secluded bayous of New Orleans. They call it “The Bathtub”. She is raised by her father to be tough and fearless because he knows a day will come where he won’t be able to protect her. That day does indeed come and seeing Hushpuppy fight against her situation and natural fear is amazing to watch.
My favorite aspect to her story is her wild imagination and first time director Benh Zeitlin’s ability to transpose it onto the screen. It all seems so real even though we are seeing the world through the eyes of six year old. I also love Hushpuppy’s fascination with how her story will be told in the future. She is adamant about drawing each event of her life (fashioned like cave drawings) so that one day when scientists a long time from now find her drawings, they will know the story of Hushpuppy. For a lack of a better word, it’s adorable.
It’s safe to say that you’ve never seen a film like this before and I hope that you’ll venture out and give it a shot because it’s one I know I personally won’t soon forget. And to be totally honest there were times throughout where I questioned whether it had been over-hyped, but as I reflect back on the film I just have these vivid memories of certain scenes that clear all that up. Beasts of the Southern Wild is one of the best films of the year.
As far as the (potential) political commentary of the film goes I’ll just refer you to this awesome article from the A/V Club. It’s a must read.
Theater/Redbox/None: I would have to go theater on this one.