Today I saw the movie ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ with my grandmother. We both didn’t really like the movie, and we also thought that the end of the movie was really sad. It is about a fearless six-year-old girl named Hushpuppy who lives with her father, Wink, in a community called ”the Bathtub”. Wink is teaching her how to survive in the wild, preparing her for a time when he’s no longer there to protect her because he knew that he was very ill and dying. Soon, following a terrible storm, ”the Bathtub” is flooded, ice caps begin to melt, releasing ancient beasts, who begin to come to the Bathtub and Hushpuppy’s father’s illness deteriorates. With ”the Bathtub” being flooded, the beasts coming, and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy begins to search for her lost mother. I think Hushpuppy is a really fearless girl, not running away when the beasts come close to her, but instead tries to get into their souls. I also think that the people who lived in ”the Bathtub” were like animals or cave people in the sense that they lived a very primitive life, nourishing only on what they were able to hunt or fish. They were not touched by civilization and even tried to stay away and decline any kind of help (even medical assistance). Yet, they are very sensitive and extremely loyal and devoted to each other.
I recommend the movie for adults and teenagers, but definitely not for young children who might find the movie too scary and misunderstand the fine sensibilities and relationships between the protagonists.
Also, here is the trailer of Beasts of the Southern Wild.