Written August 06, 2012
The movie did not appeal to me at all. It is not beautiful, but depressing. It is not hopeful but hopeless. Yes, we must learn to overcome the wild things in life but there must be a better, more hopeful way to show this. I left feeling sad for a little girl with little hope and little love.
Written August 30, 2015
Loved it! Laughed and cried a little. Visually beautiful. It felt like a story in a great book, where you get a glimpse but you are still on the outside looking in. Their world existed in a place that worked for all of them, and made you know that the "Beasts" we fear may be confronted and tamed. Hush Puppy and her Daddy had a complex relationship that worked for both of them. This could have been a chapter added to Tom Sawyer as his adventures took him down the river. The theater was so completely quiet at times, I was almost afraid to breathe. Stunning film!
Written November 27, 2015
Totally absurd with no redeeming quality to the story. Yes the young girl is very good, but that doesn't make this into a coherent story or message. The premise that a five year old is that stoic and able to somehow draw meaning out of the chaos of this portrayed life is absurd and ridiculous. I'm usually a fan of movies with meaning, but this one comes no where close. Maybe 1 in 100 million people or children could come out of that much chaos, dysfunction and stupidity some sense of a larger picture that fits together, but this movie is a million miles away from making even that case.
Written May 25, 2015
After seeing Beasts of the Southern Wild, I was left wondering how Hush Puppy grew to be so strong at such a young age. As a retired middle school teacher, it occurred to me that among others, an audience for which this film was made would include the school bullies. I wish someone would write a curriculum using this film as a springboard for developing self-confidence, resilience, and self-image, which are three characteristics Hush Puppy has and bullies lack.
Written January 29, 2015
Excellent movie. Kept my attention the whole time. All the actors did a very good job. But the Hushpuppy character is well played by such a young actress. She is the heart and soul of the movie and she will touch your heart and soul.