Saturday, August 11, 2012
Movie: Beasts of the Southern Wild
Plenty of moonshine to go around as the big storm approaches. Folks batten down the hatches and pray. When morning comes and Hushpuppy and her father emerge, they see a new water world. Their old one is submerged. In an improvised boat - the back of a pickup truck with a motor and huge oil drums as pontoons- the two float along to find other survivors.
The remains are heartbreaking but the joy in finding the living is exhilarating. Soon, government intervenes to "save" these folks. But they've never lived in society. It's bewildering and despite the dad's medical condition (i.e. he's dying from a blood disease), the Bathtub clan plan their escape and head back to the world they know.
It's amazing and gut-wrenching at the same time to watch these folks' lives. Yet they are strong and will survive. The girl playing Hushpuppy, Quivenzhane Wallis, is a revelation - so cute, so resilient - she is a superb little non-trained actress. Beasts of the Southern Wild is raw and will stick with you for a while.