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.
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.