Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Rated PG-13

Beast of the southern wildAs the ice caps melt and flood the bayou where six-year-old Hushpuppy lives, she must find courage and love to survive. Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly.

Coming into this film, I was unaware of the ice caps melting and the futuristic setting, which disoriented me.  I was intrigued by the idea of a six-year old child trying to survive a flood on her own (her father is a raging alcoholic).  Still, nothing in this film made sense. Maybe if I lived on the bayou I would understand their culture, but it all seemed overly simplistic to me.  The people appeared to be highly uneducated and completely unaware of the outside world.  I also couldn’t understand all of the praise surrounding Wallis. She was good, but she was also playing a simple child her own age; I didn’t see much acting there.  In my opinion, this film is a pass.  I just didn’t see the value in it.


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