Written August 12, 2012
This is a critic's movie. If you regularly agree with the critics and like 'way out there, but not much there' movies, then this pointless indulgence into filth, alcoholism, and fantasy will delight you and leave you satiated for some time. The little girl was very good, and was the only reason I found to stay till the end.
Written August 30, 2014
The Beast of Sourthern Wild offers a parable about the survivors-ship in A Katrina like disaster from the eyes of child. Living in the wild of submerged back water bayou, this child shares her experiences of love, loss and strength. A beautiful and sad film, powerful in story and cinematography.
Written July 19, 2012
This is not a movie for kids, despite it's rating and trailer. My 13 and 11 year olds were upset and confused. The movie romanticized poverty and ignorance. Its treatment of environmental issues was foolishly simplistic. We found it relentlessly depressing.
The choice of the choppy, hand-held camera work made the cinematography distracting. Maybe it is supposed to feel more gritty and real, but the movie didn't need any help there. The nausea-inducing filming did nothing to enhance to our experience of the movie.
Written July 25, 2014
I've seen Beasts of the Southern Wild twice and looking forward to seeing it AGAIN! The actors were great and the script was excellent. I laughed and cried. A good "get away" film.
Written August 05, 2012
Overall, "Beasts of The Southern Wild" s a good movie. Not great, but good. If you've got a good home theater set-up, you can easily wait for it to come out on Blu-Ray/DVD/Streaming. There's nothing here that will be that much better in a theater than on a good sized LCD/LED screen.
It certainly isn't for everyone. It's slow to the point that it felt like an hour and a half should have passed before it was over. But it is touching and the girl playing "Hushpuppy" does a fantastic job. Also, there are some scenes that are stunningly beautiful (aesthetically) and I did really enjoy the score and music featured in the film.