Well with the Oscars finally finished I thought I would give a quick review of one of my favourite movies recently and one who’s star was up for Best Actress; Beasts Of The Southern Wild, brought to us by first time director by Benh Zeitlin.
I had seen quite a bit of hype growing around this movie for a while and thought it was one to look out for and when I got to finally check it out I was not disappointed. The story follows Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis), an intrepid six-year-old girl, living with her father Wink (Dwight Henry) in The Bathtub; a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee. The story follows Hushpuppy as she attempts to take on far more responsibility with Wink contracts a mysterious illness and nature seems to be working against the Southern community; temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.
Something I found with this movie was it was totally encapsulating, every element of the movie from acting, to script to the cinematography I just could not tear myself away from it. Zeitlin manages to create an atmosphere that is electric with wonder and danger, and he moves back and forth between story tale and reality with an astounding sureness of vision for a first-time director. The first time acting from both Dwight Henry and Quvenzhané Wallis is outstanding and no surprise that she has been nominated at the Oscars, you feel you can caught up between her childhood innocence and his aggressive parental style leaving you as alone as Hushpuppy is for most of the movie.
honestly this is one of my favourite films of 2012 and one I would search out if you can.