Rishi's Review of Beasts of the Southern Wild
"Beasts of the Southern Wild", the indie darling and eventual Oscar contender of 2012 is a magical piece of work from first time director Benh Zeitlin (the other Ben that got nominated!). This is unlike anything I have seen before and probably will. The film tells the tale of a struggling but proudly defiant Bayou community living beyond a levee in a watery part of Louisana which is constantly threatened by storms and the rising sea levels. The central characters are six year old Hush Puppy (Quvenzhane Wallis) and her ailing father, Wink (Dwight Henry) who along with the rest of the close knit community overcome a particularly bad storm. The film mixes environmental issues like the melting of the polar caps, social issues such as the squalor in which the impoverished community lives and fantasy as see through the eyes of Hush Puppy. The result is a strange visceral experience though fascinatingly gripping. Zeitlin is a force to reckon with and this has to be one of the most astounding directorial debuts in a long time. Both the main performances are terrific with the little Wallis already creating history as the youngest Best Actress nominee ever.