Interesting take on the effect of Katrina through the eyes of a creative 6-year old child. Beasts of the Southern Wild is nothing like I expected. It had magical realism in it, but more on the realistic side than magical. Quvenzhané Wallis who has been nominated for an Oscar is probably the most magical part of the movie. Her voice-over as the character Hushpuppy sounds light-years away from a 6 year-old’s interpretation of life. But the camera constantly reminds us she is truly as small and naive as one might imagine a little girl living in the Bayou’s desolate conditions. Dwight Henry also makes his film debut as Hushpuppy’s Dad, Wink. When the ice caps melt and the ancient aurochs appear, you wonder are they a metaphor? I hate to say this, but Beasts didn’t grab me like I’d hoped it would. I enjoyed it and there are many beautiful moments in the film, but it’s not a film I care to watch a second time, nor is it something I need to own. It’s probably best described as a fable, but it simply made me hunger for season 3 of Treme. Guess I’m more of a realist these days. Favorite line from the film: ”Because nobody like a pity-party-having-ass woman.” A 3.5 out of 5 if I could.
For a more gushing review of Beasts of the Southern Wild, read Uncle Barb‘s take on it. She sees it as “art being born.”