Directed by Benh Zeitlin (born and raised in New York City), Beasts of the Southern Wild is a fantasy-drama of a devastated small little town and one six-year-old girl’s journey to overcome the associated challenges. Quvenzhane Wallis, who is currently nine years of age, was only five years old when she auditioned for the role of the little girl in this movie. She is one of five actresses nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role in this year’s Oscars, making her the youngest actress to ever receive that honor. So, what is my take on this movie?
Entertaining? Yes. This movie is very different from most of the others which made it intriguing. The artistry in the form of the photography and sound effects was well done. Did this movie make me think after watching it? Yes, but not in the same way as Amour; Beasts of the Southern Wild offers a high-spirited message that left a smile on my face. How much I will think about the movie tomorrow or the next day I am not sure but it is a movie I would see again and one that I would recommend most to see in hopes that they at least enjoy the film. Available for rental via redbox.com and others, you can watch this movie from home if you wish but I decided to see it in a theater to be consistent across all the nominated movies I will go see.