To say that Beasts of the Southern Wild is one of the best films of 2012 would be a vast understatement. Simply put, this is one of the most touching, emotionally charged movies I've seen this year. Not only is this a moving portrait of the enduring human spirit, but is a tale of poverty, loss and a father's misguided attempt to save his young daughter from the evil's of an outside world unknown to her.
Beasts of the Southern Wild captures an environment not normally transposed to screen. It takes place in a bayou that is slowly becoming flooded by the melting ice caps and terrible storms. The film has a definite underlying message about man made disaster and the human will to survive despite the consistently rising tides. This is a movie about the human spirit and the simple fact that we will endure even against the wrath of mother nature. Beasts of the Southern Wild has many messages, which I'm sure will become clearer on another viewing.
At times the film is upsetting and had me a tad frustrated. Most fathers would do anything to protect their children from this dangerous of an environment. Instead, the father in this film, played by Dwight Henry, does everything in his power to keep her there, going to every length to protect their home known as "The Bathtub". Although, I didn't agree with some of the actions of his character, it still maintained a message of this father's love for his daughter despite the odds stacked against him.
Everything I've heard about this movie has been positive so far and I wasn't disappointed in the least. Beasts of the Southern Wild is an unexpected journey through the eyes of a young girl seeking guidance. This is one of the greats of 2012 and you should definitely take the time to see it.