Beasts of the Southern Wild

DVD - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Hushpuppy is a six-year-old living in an isolated bayou community. When her father Wink becomes ill, she sets off for the outside world in an attempt to help him. The journey to save her father is delayed by a 'busted' universe that reverses weather patterns and brings about long-extinct animals. Can Hushpuppy save the day? Bonus features include the making of Beasts of the Southern Wild and the theatrical trailer.

Publisher: [United States] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2012.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Mar 17, 2015
  • Quimeras rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I didn’t care for the fantastical elements of this film. Perhaps the story would have fared better in another format (i.e., a novel).

Feb 12, 2015

it took me a while to get into the movie. But at the end I realized it was a fable, even though it espoused USA values; and at the end showed her depths of determination revealed for the first time to the viewer. I think this film will be a cult classic.
Don't be dissuaded by its lyrical pace.

Jan 24, 2015
  • kevinlarkin1986 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Didn't get what the hype was all about but thankful not to be any of the characters

Jan 19, 2015
  • POLITICSOWNSUS rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Just another GLOBAL WARMING propaganda,MK ULTRA,behavior placement,predictive program.This one exploits black people so badly,the extremely bad script makes the little girl and her father sound like and act like real life mentally ill people in mental institutions.Once again according to Hollywood,imaginary global warming is average people's fault in real life,not the fault of our elite slave master's in real life pimping the USA Government to use H.A.A.R.P.aka their weather weapons to destroy the earth.At least the little girl loves her father to death,but this does not change the NEW WORLD ORDER agenda of why they made this film period,BUT YOU DON'T HEAR ME THOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dec 07, 2014
  • waltery rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The 1st half of this movie was entertaining and different...the 2nd half just seemed to lose its direction....the 6 year old little girl (the main character) and the acting of the father was excellent, she just seemed to be living not acting....again the screenplay was just disappointing...

Dec 04, 2014
  • uncommonreader rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This is a film celebrating libertarian values, with nothing to redeem it.

Jul 26, 2014
  • pegasus71 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This film has a couple of exemplary aspects, fine cinematography and an exceptional performance by a very young actress, Quenzhane Wallis. However, I found the story put together by the director and screenwriters to be a bizarre example of trying to have it both ways. Merging an Alice in Wonderland/Little Red Riding Hood sugar-coated and romanticized fairy tale fantasy with a bleak and despicable landscape of desolate poverty filled with incorrigible alcoholics, an abusive father figure, and a company of prostitutes, while an intriguing possibility as a work of art, when manifested on the screen comes across as jarring and dissonant. Perhaps it was some sort of dark satire of the fairy tale genre, but how is the audience to react positively to a pathetic child, orphaned for all purposes by an absent mother (whether she died or simply ran off abandoning her daughter is never explicitly revealed) and a deranged and alcoholic father who is never quite present and when he is, is continually abusing his young child, either yelling at her, hitting her, or at one point in the movie, engaging her as his drinking partner. Had he been less incapacitated by his health, one could only have expected him to be sexually molesting his daughter as well. Finally realizing he may be dying from his leukemia, Wink in a moment of absurd wisdom, suggests that when he is gone, Hush Puppy can be taken care of by Walrus, an equally incorrigible friend who, along with his wife, drank himself into oblivion the night the big storm hit. Throughout this nightmarish existence for any child, we are expected to have a “feel good” experience as Hush Puppy “sails along” “getting in tune with Life” by listening to the heartbeats of various animals around her or fantasizing about ancient giant boars. Such a scenario reaches a strange climax when Hush Puppy and three of her childhood friends end up at some sort of floating saloon dancing with prostitutes, a scene I assumed was somehow designed to be some sort of symbolic representation of Hush Puppy “finding her mother.” Finally as Hush Puppy torches her father’s floating bier and sends it down the river, she may, indeed survive, but under the fold of Walrus and his wife, even her Giant Boars may well abandon her……………..

I simply can’t understand what the creators of this film were trying to accomplish with such a confusing mix. I would have preferred a more honest and direct approach to the situation, much as was achieved with the marvelous film PRECIOUS which developed a comparable saga of a child trying to survive in an extraordinarily abusive environment.

Jul 05, 2014
  • Lavenderseas rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Intense film not for young children though it has a child main character. Every thing seems very vivid like a child's experience. Takes place in a fringe community in the Bayou. Some people say it is depressing, it certainly has some very sad parts, but the girl Hush Puppy has a admirable spirit that shines through. Definitely not a typical Hollywood do. I would recommend this thoughtful movie.

Apr 10, 2014

This movie is not for everyone. It is quite depressing, you feel sorry for the little girl most of the time. I do admire the determination to make it in the circumstances that they are in thou. Not something that I would watch again, this sticks with you.

Mar 24, 2014
  • proudboy rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Beautiful photography. Great performance by the young star. Little or no character development. Aside from the two main actors, the other players are little more than caricatures created to fit the environment as a magical, mystical place, failing to provide even a minimal explanation for why they are so fiercely loyal to The Bathtub. The director doesn't really want to ask tough questions, like: would it be better to leave than to suffer as they are?: is abuse and neglect overcome by intention and love?, and; what is the fundamental nature of their existence and origin?-why are they the way they are? This seems like the worst kind of condescension: one that exploits the poor and addled for the sake of artistic exoticism.

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Jul 05, 2014
  • Lavenderseas rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Mar 11, 2014
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Jun 04, 2013
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Oct 27, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Wink: My only purpose in life is to teach her how to make it.

Wink: I'm your daddy, and it's my job to take care of you, OK?

Hushpuppy: For the animals that didn't have a dad to put them in a boat, the end of the world already happened.

Oct 27, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The Cook: Lemme tell you somethin', when you're a child people tell you that everything's gonna be all hunky-dory and all that bullxxxx, but I'm here to tell you that it's not. So get that out your head right now. Life's some big old feast, yeah, but you? You ain't nothin' but a stupid little waitress. Everything you got on your platter gonna fall on the floor and ain't nobody gonna be there to pick it up for you. Someday it's all gonna be on you.


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