Film review – Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern WildThis vividly poetic film will take your breath away in unexpected ways. Part fairytale, part social commentary, it serves up such beauty, ghastliness and moments of real horror, interspersed with scenes of extraordinary warmth, love and hope.

Six-year-old Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) lives in The Bathtub, a fictional, waterlogged area of Louisiana, where homes are ramshackle and families more so. The precariousness of living here is offset by the people’s passion for life and determination in looking out for each other. As a storm approaches, a child runs through the streets ringing a bell and shouting out warnings. Most up and leave, but a core few remain, including Hushpuppy and her father Wink (Dwight Henry). Continue reading