Zane's Review of Beasts of the Southern Wild
It's incredible. Visually stunning. Imaginative. You see the world through a child's eyes. It's a world that is alien to virtually everybody that will sit down to watch the movie, but it's a world that is real and is inhabited by real people. Generally, when we are exposed to a world like the Bathtub we're compelled to feel sorry or to disdain the people who live there, who are "primitive" and "unrefined." But in Beasts of the Southern Wild, the joke's on us. Who are we to determine what people should do? How do we know what's best for somebody else?
The characters who live in the Bathtub have a good thing going. What they lack in intelligence, they make up for in savvy. What they lack in possessions, they make up for in community. What they lack in good fortune, they make up for in simple happiness. And, even though we are taught to reward savvy and community and simple happiness in theory, we try to rescue people from it in practice. Beasts of the Southern Wild wants us to know that, just because we feel sorry for somebody, doesn't mean they need our help. They got this.