Beasts of the Southern Wild In the extraordinary, strikingly original post-Katrina fable Beasts of the Southern Wild , acting novice Quvenzhané Wallis (all of 6 years old when she shot… Beasts of the Southern Wild In the extraordinary, strikingly original post-Katrina fable Beasts of the Southern Wild , acting novice Quvenzhané Wallis (all of 6 years old when she shot… 2012-06-27 PG-13 PT93M Drama Fox Searchlight Pictures
Movie Review

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
Beasts of the Southern Wild | BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD Quvenzhane Wallis as 'Hushpuppy'
Image credit: Mary Cybulski
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD Quvenzhane Wallis as 'Hushpuppy'
EW's GRADE
A

Details Limited Release: Jun 27, 2012; Rated: PG-13; Length: 93 Minutes; Genre: Drama; Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

In the extraordinary, strikingly original post-Katrina fable Beasts of the Southern Wild, acting novice Quvenzhané Wallis (all of 6 years old when she shot the movie) radiates an amazing gravity and poise as a little Louisiana girl called Hushpuppy. Hushpuppy lives with her ailing, drinking daddy (Dwight Henry) in a dirt-poor but happy Delta community called the ''Bathtub,'' a dip of marshland outside New Orleans that's particularly vulnerable to flooding. The place is part real and part magical: The girl leads a believable (if dangerously unsupervised) existence; she's also unfazed by her visions of the prehistoric aurochs — the cattlelike beasts of the title — who, in a bit of environmental mythology, return to earth, summoned by catastrophic weather.

The wonder is, the whole movie resists categorization. A feat of homemade, collaborative filmmaking, it was directed by the (29-year-old) Wesleyan-educated first-timer Benh Zeitlin from a script he co-wrote with Lucy Alibar based on her own play. Beasts arrives heaped with critical praise and awards that may be more than its slender shoulders ought to bear. The movie is small, local, and idiosyncratic. Then again, it's also a thing of beauty and originality — and for that, sustained huzzahs are in order. A

Originally posted Jun 27, 2012 Published in issue #1214 Jul 06, 2012 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Nov 16 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
Dumb and Dumber To
Universal
$38.1 1 $38.1 C-
2.
Big Hero 6
Walt Disney Pictures
$36.0 2 $111.7 B+
3.
Interstellar
Paramount
$29.2 2 $97.8 B-
4.
Beyond the Lights
Relativity
$6.5 1 $6.5 B+
5.
Gone Girl
Fox
$4.6 7 $152.7 A
6.
St. Vincent
Weinstein Co.
$4.0 6 $33.3 B
7.
Fury
Sony
$3.8 5 $75.9 C+
8.
Nightcrawler
Open Road
$3.0 3 $25.0 B+
9.
Ouija
Universal
$3.0 4 $48.1 C-
10.
Birdman
Fox Searchlight
$2.4 5 $11.6 A-
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