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Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Movie Information

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Benh Zeitlin


Quvenzhané Wallis
Dwight Henry
Jonshel Alexander
Levy Easterly
Lowell Landes
Nicholas Clark





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Six-year-old Hushpuppy grows up in "the Bathtub" a southern Delta community where her father, Wink, seems harsh but is only preparing her for life on her own. A storm and a sudden illness brings on this life much sooner than expected and as beasts menace her, growing ever closer and larger, she will have face down her fears. -- Chris Kavan

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Matthew Brady 01/04/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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let's get wild.beasts of the southern wild.this movie was Brilliant I mean they are some really good shots and the ending was sad.and this movie will get a 4/4 star's best movie of 2012

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worleyjamers 06/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Poetic. The Oscars brought me to this film; I was curious to see this film after its 4 nominations, and still am after having watched the film. There are some brilliant elements on display here; the movie delves into some deep aspects of survival, family, home, and civilization. The film also features some intriguing imagery and symbolism, but those things combined didn't come together as I was led to believe. The film was not emotionally resonant at all (in my opinion). An ambitious directorial debut from Benh Zeitlin, but I do not understand the Oscar nominations (at all). I wasn't impressed by Quvenzhane Wallis's performance.

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Beasts of the Southern Wild creates its own fairytale world - a unique cross between a Southern Gothic fantasyland and post-Katrina realism, and then thoroughly immerses us in it. We see this world through a child's eyes and, as such, the film deals with important themes - like family and mortality - with a child's optimistic perspective. The result is a life-affirming, tragic, and sometimes heartbreaking piece that finds triumph in the littlest of joys. Firsttime actors Dwight Henry and the charming Quvenzhane Wallis are both revelations - bringing a freshness to their characters. The film's cinematography and score are poetic, supporting the film's otherworldly tone and setting. One of 2012's surprises and best films.

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05/21/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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"Y'all gotta learn how to survive now." It was upsetting to see an adult swear so much in-front of kids to make a point about meat, water rising and survival. Even Hushpuppy has got to swear. Names such as Miss Bathsheba, Hushpuppy and Wink makes no sense especially the scene where Hushpuppy confronts the Aurochs unharmed. Highlights were the astounding little girl named Quvenzhané Wallis, believable special effects and steady skillful direction. Build-up of a more dramatic impact and character development could ave been better. The score was apt for the tense scenes. Some note worthy lines - "I see that I am a little piece of a big, big universe, and that makes it right." "Strong animals know when your hearts are weak." and "The whole universe depends on everything fitting togeth...

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05/18/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Expectations Satisfied.

Hushpuppy, a six-year old girl, lives in a community where her father is preparing her to a life without someone to protect her. A journey of a young girl with a suffering father from sickness, and a community about to sink as ice caps melt.


I cannot remember that much about this film. Saw this film once and I know I was entertained and yes, it has a good story in it. I remember the "hero" Hushpuppy (Quvenzhane Wallis) acting astonishingly, not only because she is very young, but because she really has something, with her actions and emotions, she delivered both the childliness and toughness the character needs. Moreover, I found it really amazing how the team, the director, the creators, made it look as if this huge and wild animal is real.

Good job!

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03/22/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A stunning cinematic journey

It has been a long time since I’ve been to the cinema and seen something so strikingly original, thought provoking and beautiful. I really hope this Benh Zeitlin guy makes more movies.

The movie makes a fairy tale out of tragic real world events as seen through the eyes of a little girl named Hushpuppy. She sees the world much differently then most of us, partially because her home, The Bathtub, is unlike many of our own homes, filled with a cast of strange, but loveable, characters. It’s her view of things, and Wallis’ performance that make this movie rise above and beyond most of the other movie I saw in 2012.

I’ve seen this movie three or four times now and I absolutely love it. There are some movies that make you feel happy, and there are some movies that make you feel sad, ...

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