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Beasts of the Southern Wild

(DVD - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Beasts of the Southern Wild


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Hushpuppy is a six-year-old living in an isolated bayou community. When her father Wink becomes ill, she sets off for the outside world in an attempt to help him. The journey to save her father is delayed by a 'busted' universe that reverses weather patterns and brings about long-extinct animals. Can Hushpuppy save the day?
Title: Beasts of the southern wild
[videorecording]
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. :, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment,, c2012
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Notes: Extras: The making of Beasts of the Southern Wild; Theatrical trailer
DVD release of the 2012 motion picture
Based on the stage play: Juicy and delicious written by Lucy Alibar
Summary: Hushpuppy is a six-year-old living in an isolated bayou community. When her father Wink becomes ill, she sets off for the outside world in an attempt to help him. The journey to save her father is delayed by a 'busted' universe that reverses weather patterns and brings about long-extinct animals. Can Hushpuppy save the day?
Audience: MPAA rating PG-13 thematic material including child imperilment, some disturbing images, language and brief sensuality
Awards & Distinctions: Camera d'Or, Cannes Film Festival, 2012; Grand Jury Prize, US Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival, 2012
Branch Call Number: BEASTS OF THE
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This movie is not for everyone. It is quite depressing, you feel sorry for the little girl most of the time. I do admire the determination to make it in the circumstances that they are in thou. Not something that I would watch again, this sticks with you.

Report This Mar 24, 2014
  • proudboy rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Beautiful photography. Great performance by the young star. Little or no character development. Aside from the two main actors, the other players are little more than caricatures created to fit the environment as a magical, mystical place, failing to provide even a minimal explanation for why they are so fiercely loyal to The Bathtub. The director doesn't really want to ask tough questions, like: would it be better to leave than to suffer as they are?: is abuse and neglect overcome by intention and love?, and; what is the fundamental nature of their existence and origin?-why are they the way they are? This seems like the worst kind of condescension: one that exploits the poor and addled for the sake of artistic exoticism.

Report This Mar 24, 2014
  • loonylovesgood rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Beautifully shot and acted. Very different from what I was expecting, though.

I liked this movie. Quvenzhané Wallis - who played “Hushpuppy” - is an excellent actress. I understand fully why she was an Oscar nominee. I cannot name a child actor – past or present – that has done such a phenomenal job. There is mysticism, symbolism, flashbacks and other filmmaker storytelling nuances in this film. Be prepared to do some critical thinking about how the fantasy elements relate to the plot. It gets deeper and a little more complex. Beasts of the Southern Wild is a conversation starter. It is about the love between a father and a daughter (although disjointed, at times). It is about our ability to adapt to whatever our sad and/or depressing lot may become. America the Beautiful is very ugly at its core. There are plenty of pocketed, “way-way-way-below-the-poverty-line” communities that exist - throughout the country.

Really enjoyed this movie. Adult themes, even though it stars a little girl. Held my almost-11-year-old son's interest, and was just scary enough that he held my hand while watching parts of it... for the first time in months.

Report This Jan 06, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

A depressing and sad movie with zero to no plot. Give it a pass.

Report This Dec 19, 2013
  • eliasmerkins rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Really good movie. Incredible photography and the acting is phenomenal. The story is touching and interesting. Highly recommend it!

Report This Oct 31, 2013
  • LibraryUser53 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This movie sort of sneaks up on the viewer. Not sure what to make of it at first, it's puzzling; sort of a dream-world presentation from a child's point of view of what in real life would be a an out of control, frenetic, life threatening situation. But then, about 2/3 of the way in, you realize this IS real life. Challenges the perception of reality. Visually artistic. Recommended.

Report This Oct 28, 2013
  • GLNovak rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Hushpuppy is living a life so alien to most North Americans it seems almost unbelievable, but it probably is real. How many times do we hear of pockets of humanity living in the subways or in isolated mountain valleys or on secluded islands. The lifestyle portrayed here is hard to understand. Where is life going? What is the meaning of it all? Maybe only to live for today. Is that a result of their marginalization or a conscious choice. Will the children face more ruin or will they be the future hope? Will the levee divide the country or will it remain broken and provide a bridge between the two worlds? Or is the whole thing just a bit pretentious? Certainly an eye-opener and a thought-provoker.

Report This Oct 27, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Want an Indie movie on the humanity in a Louisiana Delta island community known as the “Bathtub” that lies outside of a hurricane-protecting seawall instead of shoot-them-ups Hollywood fantasy? This is it. If you have no desire to learn about the lives of similar pockets of populations in our rich nation, skip it and go watch The Great Gatsby or World War Z etc.

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  • ElainaL rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ElainaL thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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  • klemens82 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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Report This Oct 27, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Wink: My only purpose in life is to teach her how to make it. Wink: I'm your daddy, and it's my job to take care of you, OK? Hushpuppy: For the animals that didn't have a dad to put them in a boat, the end of the world already happened.

Report This Oct 27, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The Cook: Lemme tell you somethin', when you're a child people tell you that everything's gonna be all hunky-dory and all that bullxxxx, but I'm here to tell you that it's not. So get that out your head right now. Life's some big old feast, yeah, but you? You ain't nothin' but a stupid little waitress. Everything you got on your platter gonna fall on the floor and ain't nobody gonna be there to pick it up for you. Someday it's all gonna be on you.

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