Beasts of the Southern Wild blew up at the Sundance Film Festival this year. It was the one film everyone was raving about. I thought the movie was good, but I didn't think it was as good as everyone was hyping it up to be. I honestly think Sundance had a little taste of mass hysteria with this movie. I will say that the performances from the young Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy, and Dwight Henry as her father Wink, were great. It's a very artistically poetic film that's beautiful to watch, but for some reason I just wasn't able to connect to it.
The movie was directed by Benh Zeitlin, and I wondered how they would market it to the masses, because this is not a traditional story. The trailer gives you a good sense of the film's visuals and poetics, but it struggles giving you the details on what it's really about.
Here's the synopsis:
In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.
The movie will be released on June 27th, 2012. Watch the trailer and let us know if you think it looks good to you or not.