Written March 28, 2017
First, the trailer is deceptive. The trailer makes it look like it is a "feel good, inspirational" movie for kids. Wrong. It is a gritty reality movie about people who are very poor alcoholics living in squalor in the swamps of Louisiana pre and post Katrina.
Second, why is it that movies have million dollar budgets but can't afford a tripod? I would have loved to actually have been able to watch the movie, which did have amazing visual footage, but I spent most of my time with my eyes closed, battling being queasy. The film was done with 80% closeup shots that imitated what one would see if they were watching footage of a kid's birthday party if it was shot with a hand held camera by a drunken relative going through detox. What possible reason did the director have for making the film unwatchable. I even moved to the very back row of the theater to minimize the bouncy camera action. Even my teenage children complained that it was difficult to watch.
Written January 22, 2017
Special effects: boring
Unanswered questions: dozens
Plot: nearly nonexistent
Acting: the only worthwhile aspect of the film
Bottom line: not worth the price of the ticket
Written August 30, 2016
Interestingly, that the previous reviews are all definately either "Love or Hate". It is difficult for me to understand why anyone would not be moved by this movie. Perhaps it is uncomfortable for them to be made aware of how dire other peoples lives can be.... in your own country. There are no words more telling than the positive ones before mine....but this child should definately be an Oscar nominee. thru her optomism and courage, she pulls you in and takes you with her on this journey...and I was really glad to be along with her.
Written July 22, 2012
Really liked this fresh, unique film. Watching the amazing child actress alone is worth the price of admission. Rough characters, rough landscape, rough (unpolished) cinematography all work to provide a surrealistic experience. References to post-Katrina delta and melting ice caps give us scary reminders, but the art of the filmmaking stops short of hitting us over the head with preaching about ecology.
Written February 22, 2017
This movie was so depressing, nightmarish. This is not whatnot expects to see. Of the Southern Wild.