BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Strange Beasts, Even Stranger Characters
Release Date: June 29, 2012
Starring: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight
Henry, Jonshel Alexander,
Marilyn Barbarin, Kaliana
Brower, Nicholas Clark
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 91 minutes
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures/News
Director: Benh Zeitlin
Executive Producer: Philipp Engelhorn, Paul Mezey,
Producer: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey,
Writer: Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corp.
Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
Stephen Gilula, President/COO
Nancy Utley, President/COO
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In the story, 6-year-old Hushpuppy lives with her tough-loving father, Wink, in “the Bathtub,” a flooded area on the Southern Delta. They each have their own little ramshackle house. And, Wink has his own little boat made out of half a truck.
Hushpuppy believes the universe is held in delicate balance, but the balance has been upset and the ice caps are melting. This in turn has released an army of aurochs, a bunch of giant prehistoric boars headed her way.
Hushpuppy’s father is both strict and tender. He also seems to be trying to turn her into some kind of tomboy, which was confusing.
When her father gets sick and the authorities take him away, Hushpuppy decides to look for her missing mother, who left the Bathtub. She seems to find her mother living as a prostitute on some kind of nightclub ship offshore, but nothing much intelligible happens after that.
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD is a bunch of characters in search of a plot. The filmmakers try to make up for that by a bunch of lyrical shots and strange narration by Hushpuppy, who sees everything through the eyes of a child, but a very bizarre child. Frankly, it all comes out feeling rather pretentious. That may be because it’s based on a play that sounds like bad poetry from Maya Angelou or Ntozake Shange. It also contains foul language, a disturbing scene where Hushpuppy’s father hits her, and some environmentalist baloney about melting icecaps and giant creatures, who look like over-sized boars using trick photography. Also, Hushpuppy’s father and the community around them drink an awful lot of beer.
There’s not much redemptive about BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. Instead of a plot, there’s a lot of fuzzy poetry and some dazzling images that go nowhere.
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD is several characters in search of a plot. There’s not much redemptive about BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. Instead of a plot, there’s a lot of fuzzy poetry and some dazzling images that go nowhere. Frankly, it all comes out feeling rather pretentious. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD also contains foul language, a disturbing scene where Hushpuppy’s father hits her, drunkenness, and some environmentalist baloney about melting icecaps.