Thursday, November 8, 2012

Beasts of The Southern Wild: Quick Review.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Cast: Quvenzhane Wallis, Dwight Henry

Writers: Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin

Director:   Benh Zetlin

***'s out of four.

"The Beast of the Southern Wild" is all through the perspective of a little girl whose home has been destroyed by a massive amount of bad weather.  Be it Hurricane Sandy or some other horrible natural ordeal. This movie is about how we can appreciate the things we have rather then the things we want.  The little girl known as Hushpuppy(QuvenzhaneWallis) must learn to survive in these dark times by using her active imagination.

Although if you were to tell this girl that she is living in the slums and needs to be saved.  She would think you were crazy, and she's not far off.  The community she shares with others is a very close tight unit.  Even her father Wink (Dwight Henry) who is an alcoholic and yells at her a lot.  He very much cares about his daughter and does everything in his power to make sure she is protected.  To everyone on the outside, they believe these people need to be put into shelters and remove from the lands.  These citizens have helped built a town for themselves.  They all have identity and a purpose, and those Government officials are destroying that.  It's great to help this group out,but to move them out of their homes when they don't want to be removed is a crying shame.

The performances in this movie are really good, and the moments between Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry are so heartwarming and sometimes scary that it put me to mere tears as I was watching it.  Miss Wallis was only 6 years old when she made her first acting debut in this picture, and she just shines.  She does better then most seasoned actors do now  The cinematography by Ben Richardson is good and he creates some very memorable shots.  I just wish he would ease off the one camera approach and use a fucking tripod once in a while.  This is not a found footage flick, so stop treating it like one.

This is a good movie I hope you all get out to see, and I am predicting this one to be up for some prestige awards this year.


  1. Good review Vern. It's a very imaginative and original flick that shows you exactly what you can do if you have a big brain on you, and a camera in your hand. Sometimes, you don't need all the big moolah to make a great movie, all you need is inspiration and this is one of those movies.

    1. Thank you Dan. I agree that this project was extremly creative and I can't wait to see what other projects Benh Zetlin has up for us next.