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Beasts of the Southern Wild Blu-ray Review

Beasts of the Southern Wild Blu-ray

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” is a meandering mess of a movie.

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” revolves around a brave young girl (Hushpuppy) and her sick father living in the “Bathtub” community in Louisiana (a place on the wrong side of the levee). The father and daughter struggle as a family and also struggle to survive a massive storm that floods the Bathtub. While all of this is going on, there’s a fantastical story mixed in about ancient beasts (Aurochs) being released into the world after some South Pole ice caps melt. Can Hushpuppy gather the strength to face her fears and survive the problems (and beasts) in her life?

‘Beasts’ is clearly a movie that means well. The film’s commentary on Eco disasters and the strength of the human spirit has struck a chord with some audiences who find the film to be inspirational. Unfortunately, I don’t buy into the movie at all.

I can understand the praise for child actress Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy. She gives a truly stand-out performance in her film debut. It’s certainly not hard to see why she is generating Oscar buzz. Aside from her performance, however, the whole movie reeks of being a pretentious, arty, poetic, and symbolic indie film. Writer/director Benh Zeitlin and writer Lucy Alibar force everything on screen thereby not letting any character (or theme) breath. The pacing is so frantic and chaotic that it’s hard to become attached to anyone or anything that is happening on screen.

Video/Audio:

‘Beasts’ is presented 1.85:1 1080p nausea-o-vision. Seriously folks, this is a shaky cam movie to the max. Granted, there are some impressive and beautiful shots here, but they are lost amidst the lackluster cinematography.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track does a fine job of balancing the music, sound f/x, and dialogue.

Extras:
* DVD copy and Digital copy.
* Fox trailers including one for “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
* 14 minutes of deleted scenes with commentary by Benh Zeitlin. The commentary is not optional.
* Audition tapes for Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry (and both of them together).
* “The Making Of Beasts of the Southern Wild”- A fantastic 22 minute making of containing revealing behind-the-scenes footage, film clips, a look at the film crew, casting info, etc. Infinitely more interesting than the film itself.
* “Glory At Sea”- A 25 minute short film in the same vein as ‘Beasts.’
* “Music”- A featurette on Dan Romer’s score.
* “The Aurochs”- A piece on the creatures that appear in the film.

Summary: Certain film buffs may be receptive to this film, but I can’t recommend this one at all.

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December 7, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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