Once in a while, a movie that truly encompasses the childhood experience, the innocence and beauty of youth comes along. We’ve been lucky in the last year, having Moonrise Kingdom and now Beasts of the Southern Wild. This movie is rich with beauty in imagery, script and acting.
The cinematography is reason enough to catch the film. My coworker said he hated the story, but managed to watch the whole thing just because the images were so beautiful. Taking place on an imaginary island, based off a real island found in southern Louisiana, The Bathtub as the inhabitants call it, is a glorious place. It’s sufferably poor with shanty homes, the kind that are deep with color, emotion and hold the wisdom of stories past. Surrounded by murky water, the transportation in the film takes place on rusted boats. The characters are dressed in the most simple items and have wild hair and wild faces.
The story reaches out and tugs at the depth of the viewers being, forcing them to recall their childhood struggles and challenging the viewer to match the strength of the young Hushpuppy. I found myself remembering the warmth of sitting on my mother’s lap and the fearless exhilaration of going on adventures with my neighborhood friends.
Quvenzhané Wallis, the lead female, plays a six-year-old girl named Hushpuppy. Her performance is amazing and as she narrates the film, you get a deeper glimpse into her character’s ethereal mind and perspective. Wallis’ performance was so astounding that she became the youngest female, at 9 years old, to ever be nominated for a Grammy.
Check out the trailer!