Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin, 2012) Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly

I think it's possible at the same time both to admire Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin, 2012) and to hate all of the cinematography in it: the wobblycam which it uses throughout as far as I can remember: I don't think there's a moment when the camera is fixed. It's an artistic decision which the director + whoever decides such things is entitled to make. And I'm entitled to disagree about its effectiveness.
However, the story, design and acting are all superb. I suppose it’s an allegory of … something. Well, one wouldn’t want it to be real.
I personally could have foregone the aurochs. The main story itself is enough of a fantasy without adding this ultrafantastic strand. Or maybe if the CGI had been just a bit better.
One thing's for sure: everyone in cinemaland has learnt how to pronounce Quvenzhané!

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