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Beasts of the Southern Wild (DVD)

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Actors: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly / Director: Benh Zeitlin / Studio: studiocanal / Release Date: 11 Feb 2013

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      22.02.2014 19:31



      A great family film, though some viewers may find it too slow.

      Directed (and written) by Benh Zeitlin
      Starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry
      Running Time: 93 minutes

      Beasts of the Southern Wild tells the story of 6 year old Hushpuppy, living with her Father in a small community called the 'Bathtub', seemingly cut off from the rest of the world.

      I liked this film more than I expected, considering it's low budget and unknown stars. The most notable thing is, of course, Quvenzhane Wallis in her film debut, and I completely agree with Roger Ebert who described her as a 'force of nature'. Wallis was 5 when she was cast, and 6 when she filmed 'Beasts', despite having no previous acting experience, she dazzles and enchants as the fearless little Hushpuppy - a role which made her the youngest Best Actress nominee in Oscar history.
      Dwight Henry, who plays Hushpuppy's father, Wink, also gives a significant performance - though he was drowned out of media attention by his little co-star.
      The story is pretty captivating, and an amazing effort considering it was Benh Zeitlin's debut feature film.

      The film as a whole was good - though it didn't have the effortless charm of more experienced productions. This made it slightly less enjoyable at times, and though it was a lovely story, it lacked a sense of visual dazzlement and completion.


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