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Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Summary: Faced with both her hot-tempered father s fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 13th September, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 18th January, 2013

Country: USA

Director: Benh Zeitlin

Screenwriter: Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin

Cast: Jonshel Alexander (Joy Strong), Windle Bourg (herself), Kaliana Brower (T-Lou), Joseph Brown (Winston), Henry D. Coleman (Peter T), Levy Easterly (Jean Battiste), Pamela Harper (Little Joe), Kendra Harris (Baby Hushpuppy), Amber Henry (LZA), Dwight Henry (Wink), Philip Lawrence (Dr. Maloney), Lowell Landes (Walrus), Gina Montana (Miss Bathsheba), Quvenzhane Wallis (Hushpuppy)

Runtime: 93 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’ Review: 

Just when you start thinking that 2012 is going to be a year of stock standard films, along comes a film that completely changes those thoughts. The only thing is that Beasts Of The Southern Wild is also likely to frustrate. On the surface it looks like an absolutely brilliant piece of American Indie cinema, but look a little closer and it appears like director, Benh Zeitlin (Glory At Sea, The Origins Of Electricity)

Set in the southern Delta community simply known as The Bathtub, Beasts Of The Southern Wild follows a young girl known as Hushpuppy (Quvenzhane Wallis – newcomer) and her father, Wink (Dwight Henry – newcomer) who call this ‘wilderness’ home.

When a massive storm hits the area and leaves it under water the residents including an extremely sick Wink decide they are staying putting… no matter what ‘beasts’ the storm has awoken. While the rest of America tries to help the small community, the residents take things into their own hands while Hushpuppy starts asking questions about her mother.

Early on Zeitlin hits the mark. The manic style of filmmaking he uses as Hushpuppy runs through The Bathtub is creative and original; he even manages to create a fair bit of suspense as the storm hits. All the film’s problems lie after that dramatic event.

Firstly, the character of Wink becomes increasingly unlikable. There’s wanting to stay where your home is and then there is putting your child in severe risk. Sadly, his choices do the latter and as a result the audience no longer feels sorry for him, and in this kind of film that is an important thing to have happen.

It is also at this time that Zeitlin decides to introduce the ‘beasts’ to the audience. Again it is a completely creative idea, but the question must be asked, are they really necessary? After all who, if anyone, can actually explain what they are all about? In fact at times it seems like they almost get in the way of the story at hand.

At least the acting of Beasts Of The Southern Wild does in fact save the film. Dwight Henry overcomes the negative aspects of his character by putting in a fine, award deserving, performance, while young Quvenzhane Wallis shows all child actors just how to go about this acting caper. Her performance is breathtaking and she certainly shows that she has a huge career ahead of her.

Beats Of The Southern Wild is an interesting watch, just be warned that sometimes the alternative style of the film does dangerously get in the way of the story.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild′: Dave’s other review of ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’ can be found on the Helium Entertainment Channel

Rating: 2.5/5

IMDB Rating: Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) on IMDb

Argo

The 2012 Academy Award Nominations are in… here they are:

Best Picture:

“Beasts of the Southern Wild”

“Silver Linings Playbook”

“Zero Dark Thirty”

“Lincoln”

“Les Miserables”

“Life of Pi”

“Amour”

“Django Unchained”

“Argo”

Best Supporting Actor:

Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”

Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Alan Arkin, “Argo”

Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”

Best Supporting Actress:

Sally Field, “Lincoln”

Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”

Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”

Amy Adams, “The Master”

Best Director:

David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”

Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”

Michael Haneke, “Amour”

Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Best Actor:

Daniel Day Lewis, “Lincoln”

Denzel Washington, “Flight”

Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”

Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”

Best Actress:

Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”

Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”

Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”

Quvenzhané Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Best Original Screenplay:

“Zero Dark Thirty”

“Django Unchained”

“Moonrise Kingdom”

“Amour”

“Flight”

Best Adapted Screenplay:

“Lincoln”

“Silver Linings Playbook”

“Argo”

“Life of Pi”

“Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Best Animated Feature:

“Frankenweenie”

“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”

“Wreck-It Ralph”

“Paranorman”

“Brave”

Best Foreign Feature:

“Amour”

“A Royal Affair”

“Kon-Tiki”

“No”

“War Witch”

Best Visual Effects:

“Life of Pi”

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

“The Avengers”

“Prometheus”

“Snow White and the Huntsman”

Best Cinematography:

“Skyfall”

“Anna Karenina”

“Django Unchained”

“Life of Pi”

“Lincoln”

Best Costume Design:

“Anna Karenina”

“Les Miserables”

“Lincoln”

“Mirror Mirror”

“Snow White and the Huntsman”

Best Documentary Feature:

“Searching for Sugar Man”

“How to Survive a Plague”

“The Gatekeepers”

“5 Broken Cameras”

“The Invisible War”

Best Documentary Short:

“Open Heart”

“Inocente”

“Redemption”

“Kings Point”

“Mondays at Racine”

Best Film Editing:

“Lincoln”

“Silver Linings Playbook”

“Life of Pi”

“Argo”

“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

“Hitchcock”

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

“Les Miserables”

Best Music (Original Score):

“Anna Karenina”

“Argo”

“Life of Pi”

“Lincoln”

“Skyfall”

Best Music (Original Song):

“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”

“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted”

“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”

“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”

“Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”

Best Production Design:

“Anna Karenina”

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

“Les Misérables”

“Life of Pi”

“Lincoln”

Best Short Film, Animated:

Adam and Dog”

“Fresh Guacamole”

“Head over Heels”

“Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare’”

“Paperman”

Best Short Film, Live Action:

“Asad”

“Buzkashi Boys”

“Curfew”

“Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)”

“Henry”

Best Sound Editing:

“Argo”

“Django Unchained”

“Life of Pi”

“Skyfall”

“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Sound Mixing:

“Argo”

“Les Misérables”

“Life of Pi”

“Lincoln”

“Skyfall”