Beasts of the Southern Wild Reviews

  • Mar 12, 2019

    A seemingly pointless film about people fighting to remain living in squalor, constantly at risk of drowning from the next storm. The entire cast has a combined IQ of a 4th grader. It felt like a message film, but I could only guess as to what that message was, and I have a feeling it's not worth knowing. Dumb. Rating: F

    A seemingly pointless film about people fighting to remain living in squalor, constantly at risk of drowning from the next storm. The entire cast has a combined IQ of a 4th grader. It felt like a message film, but I could only guess as to what that message was, and I have a feeling it's not worth knowing. Dumb. Rating: F

  • Dec 26, 2018

    This movie had me bawling through half of it.

    This movie had me bawling through half of it.

  • Dec 16, 2018

    Very evocative and felt like watching a dream. Timely and engaging.

    Very evocative and felt like watching a dream. Timely and engaging.

  • Nov 12, 2018

    This isn't a movie. it's a visual poem. highly cathartic and just beautiful

    This isn't a movie. it's a visual poem. highly cathartic and just beautiful

  • Nov 10, 2018

    Magnificent, emotional about love and life in a world outside the world

    Magnificent, emotional about love and life in a world outside the world

  • Oct 01, 2018

    Despite wonderful performances and a exuberant tone this movie possesses, the movie feels utterly pointless.

    Despite wonderful performances and a exuberant tone this movie possesses, the movie feels utterly pointless.

  • Aug 29, 2018

    5/5. Beasts of the Southern Wild caught me complexity off guard. I didn't know what to expect and it blew me away. The performances are fantastic, the characters are engaging, the story is emotional, and it is just all around a fantastic movie.

    5/5. Beasts of the Southern Wild caught me complexity off guard. I didn't know what to expect and it blew me away. The performances are fantastic, the characters are engaging, the story is emotional, and it is just all around a fantastic movie.

  • Jul 23, 2018

    One of the most moving films I have seen in a long time. A snapshot of a community, as well as a state of mind, that will be foreign to many on the surface. The actors were able to create such raw, unbridled emotion which left me absolutely floored.

    One of the most moving films I have seen in a long time. A snapshot of a community, as well as a state of mind, that will be foreign to many on the surface. The actors were able to create such raw, unbridled emotion which left me absolutely floored.

  • May 30, 2018

    Beautiful and awesomely weird . I felt like the characters were my best friends by the end of the movie. Almost perfect if it weren't for the annoying music.

    Beautiful and awesomely weird . I felt like the characters were my best friends by the end of the movie. Almost perfect if it weren't for the annoying music.

  • Nov 08, 2017

    Beasts of the southern wild stars young Quvenzhané Wallis in her debut role as 'Hushpuppy'. A 6 year old who lives with her father (Dwight Henry) in a place they call 'The Bathtub'. A place where the people love the land as much as they love each other. Unfortunately the land doesn't love them back when a hurricane heads their way. This film is co-written and directed by Benh Zeitlin, a man with no real credits to his name making this his first full length feature film, and it's not a bad way to start off with it being nominated for two oscars respectively. However unfortunately despite all the charm this film clearly possesses, it was never enough to bring me in, I felt that this film dragged by the end and there are a few reasons why. I never cared for any of the characters. Despite the brilliant performance by young Wallis as Hushpuppy, I never felt like a relationship was formed between her and the audience. Everything felt forced, and this was even worse for the other characters like her father, who is played fine by Henry. The whole way through the film was practically telling us how to feel and what to think about him, there was no breathing space to think for ourselves which is thanks to the screenplay written by Behn Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar. It meant the film quickly bored me, and there was no coming back from there. The directing choices in the film also felt jarring for me. There was an abundance of shaky cam, if used properly this can be effective but it only succeeded in making me annoyed and dizzy. Despite this the cinematography by Ben Richardson is undoubtedly stunning, especially for it's little budget of $2m. However unfortunately this is never enough to drag me into a film and enjoying it throughout. Overall I feel this is a film which will separate many people. You may love it, you may hate it. It wasn't nominated 2 oscars for nothing after all. However what the film was trying to tell or do never quite hit me. Resulting in a not so enjoyable viewing experience.

    Beasts of the southern wild stars young Quvenzhané Wallis in her debut role as 'Hushpuppy'. A 6 year old who lives with her father (Dwight Henry) in a place they call 'The Bathtub'. A place where the people love the land as much as they love each other. Unfortunately the land doesn't love them back when a hurricane heads their way. This film is co-written and directed by Benh Zeitlin, a man with no real credits to his name making this his first full length feature film, and it's not a bad way to start off with it being nominated for two oscars respectively. However unfortunately despite all the charm this film clearly possesses, it was never enough to bring me in, I felt that this film dragged by the end and there are a few reasons why. I never cared for any of the characters. Despite the brilliant performance by young Wallis as Hushpuppy, I never felt like a relationship was formed between her and the audience. Everything felt forced, and this was even worse for the other characters like her father, who is played fine by Henry. The whole way through the film was practically telling us how to feel and what to think about him, there was no breathing space to think for ourselves which is thanks to the screenplay written by Behn Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar. It meant the film quickly bored me, and there was no coming back from there. The directing choices in the film also felt jarring for me. There was an abundance of shaky cam, if used properly this can be effective but it only succeeded in making me annoyed and dizzy. Despite this the cinematography by Ben Richardson is undoubtedly stunning, especially for it's little budget of $2m. However unfortunately this is never enough to drag me into a film and enjoying it throughout. Overall I feel this is a film which will separate many people. You may love it, you may hate it. It wasn't nominated 2 oscars for nothing after all. However what the film was trying to tell or do never quite hit me. Resulting in a not so enjoyable viewing experience.