mitchellyoung - wrote on 03/04/13
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.