Beasts of the Southern Wild


Beasts of the Southern Wild

Critics Consensus

Beasts of the Southern Wild is a fantastical, emotionally powerful journey and a strong case of filmmaking that values imagination over money.



Total Count: 200


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In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions. -- (C) Fox Searchlight

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  • Jun 24, 2013
    "Everything is part of the buffet of the universe." "Any day now, fabric of the universe is coming unraveled." "The whole universe depends on everything fitting together just right. If one piece busts, even the smallest piece, the entire universe will get busted." <i>"We are all little pieces of a big, big universe, and that makes things right."</i> North Louisiana is the wild environment engulfing the tender, little voice of an adventurous heart destined to be the King of Bathtub. No crying is allowed in a life of hostilities where strength can be found in our connection with the Universe. This is no Pantheist perspective; rather, Beasts triumphs where the adaptation of Terabithia falls shallow: family bonds, the importance of home and the appreciation of Nature being more important than imagination alone. How unfortunate that the secondary characters and the situations were not portrayed with the necessary depth, resulting in a running time shorter than required. These topics demand emotion and seriousness, not reflective suddenness. 75/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2013
    Something very different. A real cinematic breath of fresh air.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2013
    Shame that I just watched it now. Both lead cast, Quvenzhane and Dwight Henry were amazing, loving the chemistry and the story is very beautiful.
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2013
    Of all the descriptions used for Beasts of the Southern Wild, the most common and true would be that of "poetry on screen". The film, from it's stylized elements including the script, acting, cinematography, and direction, feels like a poem. It has a narrative, to be sure, but an unconventional one, not concerned with story so much as message. At that same time, it stays anchored in a literal world. As such, it avoids the trap of being overly self indulgent and indie, while also being quite distinguished and uniquely realized. The acting is perhaps the most impressive thing about the film, with a powerhouse performance from the young Quvenzhane Wallis, who has an amazing screen presence and expressive posture that anchors the film throughout, with incredibly impacting scenes toward the third act. She is complimented well, though on a different, more grounded level, by the remaining cast, making for very interesting dynamics, especially with her father. The script is smart with its use of narration, sparse dialogue, and scene set up. It feels coherent but not contrived, poetic, but not lost in its own message. It is clear in what it wants to say, conveying feelings of mystery, love, and tragedy, and to excellent effect. Memorable, executed greatly, and visually stunning, it's one of 2012's more interesting films. 4/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer

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