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Beasts Of The Southern Wild
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2 years ago By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Behn Zeitlin

Actors:
Quvenzhane Wallis
Dwight Henry
Lowell Landes

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
When a young girl's father becomes mysteriously ill the world begins to crumble in her eyes. Her imagination unleashes mighty storms, prehistoric beasts and many more faces of danger as she goes on a journey to find her lost mother.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I actually got the chance to take a look at this flick while it was being shown by a group from the Toronto Film Festival at my local theater. It was enormously popular and looked great on the big screen. This of course pales in comparison to the rich and vibrant look it has on Blu-ray. This is Louisiana as you've never seen it before, brought to life by a special little girl and her wondrous imagination. Forget the multitude of awards and nominations, this film can be summed up as a smart dose of goodhearted fun.

Children actors still amaze me in this day and age. I hate how some of them end up (can't help but think of Macaulay Culkin during the holiday season), but as for Quvenzhane Wallis (Hushpuppy), I'm not sure where she's headed, but for a little kid she's practically oozing talent and personality. I guess because I have a little girl (eight months old), I'm paying closer attention to the actions of little girls these days and the wonder in Hushpuppy's eyes as she experiences the world is as heartwarming as it is amazing. The journey her and her father embark on is magical (her fascination with aurochs is spellbinding), spiritual and emotional and again, makes me wonder at how me and my daughter's journey will play out.

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD isn't your everyday film and the camera work is bound to annoy or even anger you more than once. That said, this is still a wonder to behold and packs a big punch when it comes to weighing the world around us and the idea of taking things for granted. The family dynamic may not sway you, so look to the gorgeous splendors of Louisiana or the monstrous imagination of the main character for fun and adventure. Either way, this isn't your typical film for typical viewing, but if you get the chance to pick it up and try it out I'm sure you won't regret doing so.
THE EXTRAS
Deleted Scenes: There's a handful of forgettable scenes with optional commentary that neither help nor progress the film.

Audition Tapes: A short compilation of audition footage for our two father and daughter duo. Not bad for their first time out.

The Making of Beasts Of The Southern Wild: We get some insight into the film itself, location choices and why they went with the 'camcorder look'.

Glory At Sea: This is director Zeitlin's first short film released in 2008. An interesting first piece, but nothing overly provocative.

Music: A quick bit on the film's score with the director and composer Dan Romer. Not much to see here.

The Aurochs: A cool, but all too brief look at Hushpuppies imaginary aurochs--the true scene stealers in this flick.

Previews: There's a theatrical trailer, a couple other previews as well as a DVD and Digital Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The insight this kid gives is enough to make anyone stop and reconsider life (I know I did a couple times before this flick was done). Does that make it phenomenal? Hardly, but it's nice to have a movie make you stop and think once in awhile and not just about 'how big that explosion was'. Owning the Blu-ray probably isn't necessary, but I'd still advise you to take a look at the world through Hushpuppy's eyes.
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