“I see that I am a little piece of a big, big universe, and that makes it right.”
Earlier this week, I finally got around to watching Beasts of the Southern Wild. I’ve wanted to see it since it began receiving so many nominations for various award shows (no, I am not going to try to pretend that I was “in the know” about this movie before then) however it never happened. I’d heard very negative reviews of the movie from some people and Matt didn’t seem too excited about it — apparently he is 6-year-old and he only wants to see super hero movies like Iron Man 3 and Man of Steal, the new superman movie. Anyway, I just never watched it. Then one day I decided to put it on our Netflix queue. It arrived on May 28th and has been sitting on my desk since.
Finally, on Monday night I decided to watch it because Matt was working late and there wasn’t anything good on tv. I can not tell you how amazing I found this movie. I can’t believe it took me so long to watch it and I want to do everything in my power to urge you to watch it.
If you aren’t familiar with the plot, Beast of the Southern Wild tells the story of a young girl (Hushpuppy) who lives with her father in “the bathtub.” The Bathtub is an off-the-grid, flooded Delta community in Louisiana, isolated from the rest of civilization by a levy. Those that live in the Bathtub eat chicken and shrimp, forage through garbage for supplies and drink whisky with abandon. They play music and set off displays of fireworks; children are reared communally. There is celebration when a baby is born and when someone dies and for the moments in between. The movie tells the story of their community and the threat it faces every time a storm comes through and completely floods the area.
The movie use both a magical and realist lens to capture Hushpuppy’s perception of her chaotic world. The film attempts to tackle a painful reality of this life through the understanding of a child (Hushpupy). The film presents beautiful imagery and characters that are so real, I was left in tears. I haven’t seen a movie this powerful in a long time – however, there is a bit of an artistic twist that might not appeal to everyone. But I still encourage you to see it as this is one of those rare movies that allows your to see the world through a very different lens and certainly made me think about things a bit differently.