Its the pure innocence at its best, strikeinly so powerful and well represented by Hushpuppy . So honest and well made ,independent movie . she is an inspiring soul of hope and beauty . so moving for anyone that watches it.
Very touching, very real. Little Quvenzhané completely broke my heart time after time all through the movie, she was undeniably one very big discover. The soundtrack, the production, all of it was really nice and I would only critique some aspects of the storyline. In the overall, it was really good!
a stripped down survival and existential adventure through the eyes of Hushpuppy, a 6 year old girl living with her tempered, fatally sick father, discovering the world around her. Hushpuppy is instinctive and upfront in the way she conducts herself through it all; she feels a strong connection to the universe and her place in it, something i can identify with..
A very humble approach to the lives of these poor people, the force of this movie really is Hushpuppy, the brave little girl that will have completely owned your heart by the end of the picture. The cinematography is very good as well and the soundtrack, and even if you know that a story like this is made to hit you in the heart, you still fall for it, completely.
A wonderful lead performance & stunning cinematography cannot help raise this film out of it's offensive naivety. It's no surprise that it's writer/director is a middle class white man, who illustrates his characters one dimensionally as noble savages. As a post katrina critique it fails miserably. Also, it's ghibliesque fantasy feels tacked on & was unable to suspend my disbelief. Seriously over-rated.
Ad un passo dal capolavoro.Nonostante sia evidente il limitatissimo budget,riesce nel miracolo di prendere una storia piccola piccola e di renderla universale,maestosa,ruggente grazie ad un dosaggio perfetto di sceneggiatura,montaggio e recitazione. Hushpuppy che corre con le fiammelle,che mostra i muscoli o che fronteggia la bestiona sono immagini indelebili.Struggente e meraviglioso,purtroppo quasi ignorato.4*
I get the Malick comparisons and it also reminded me a lot of David Gordon Green's George Washington. He is another filmmaker that was at one time very much under Malick's spell. The Where the Wild Things are type CGI actually didn't add very much for me. So far in three sentences I've referenced 3 other filmmakers without really meaning to. This leads me to think the shadow of better films hangs heavy over this.
While "Beasts" lacks somewhat in a traditional narrative, the film surely makes up for it with its raw, powerful display of emotion, its moments of surrealism, the use of visual metaphors to represent strength, and yes, Quvenzhané Wallis' incredible and gut-wrenchingly moving performance. Certainly not a film for the faint of heart, at times, but shows the real nature of humans when faced with extreme conditions.
a really beautiful little film with great music. the young Wallis does a great performance for being only 5 when this film was made. It's also hard to believe that this is Zeitlin's first feature. the story is sad, but incredibly well told and visually appealing. I would really like to watch this one again soon
I really liked this. Although it's maybe something you'd only watch once? Or once every couple of years. The score is incredible, and I'm surprised it didn't get any award nominations for it. I remember reading once that when making a film you need to show people, not tell them, and I think this film is an absolutely perfect example of this philosophy. Very sparse dialogue but the little they use says it all.
I thought this was going to be pretentious Oscar bait, but it has a heart. Wallis and Henry more than hold their own and have such a realistic chemistry. I was skeptical about Wallis, but she really shines. I don't think I've seen this kind of performance from someone this young since Kramer vs. Kramer.
A heartbreaking, harrowing and beautiful film, a bayou version of NIGHT OF THE SHOOTING STARS.
Not exactly sure why... but I felt I was watching a film written and directed by Miyazaki. Maybe because Hushpuppy reminded me of Nausica, Princess Monoke, Chihiro, Ponyo and every girl portrayed in a Miyasaki film. This film is poetry.
Poche storie: l'ho adorato. Non amo il lavoro "sporco" della camera, che nonostante tutto rende il film grezzo al punto giusto, ma la storia di Hushpuppy (splendida la bambina protagonista, un mostro di bravura e tenerezza) funziona a così tanti livelli da lasciare senza parole. Rimane una -stupenda- storia di formazione, irrequieta e selvaggia, come suggerisce il titolo.
This is a visually stunning film and a testament to how the camera can make mundane, even “dirty” objects, look beautiful. Benh Zeitlin offers a masterclass in indie filmmaking, he knows all the tricks, and dresses up Beasts. as a profound film.His inspiration is, I suspect, Tree of Life by Terrence Malik.This one is likely to fade away with the awards season, leaving him a potent calling card. From mostlycinema.com