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"Critically" acclaimed cinema at it's most annoying,
This review is from: Beasts of the Southern Wild [DVD]  (DVD)
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Whilst never one to watch a movie, listen to an album or visit a place simply because of "rave reviews", in recent experience I've enjoyed some wonderful films that I wouldn't usually be attracted to but have decided to watch based on the positive impact imparted by reviews. Life of Pi, Let Me In, The Road & a host of the Studio Ghibli films all left me viscerally & emotionally moved - often confusing & sometimes difficult to watch, I've come away thinking how thankful I was to have looked "outside" the box so to speak when it comes to watching something that I may not initially be too interested in. With this in mind I decided to invest a little time & sit down to "enjoy" Beasts of the Southern Wild alas this proved to be one of those occassions whereby I found myself baffled as to why a movie appears to have gathered quite so much acclaim.
Whilst I'm sure a section of the movie-going public will disagree, on the whole this is a difficult movie to watch. Every second of this film is grimy & laden with misery & it's this that I found most frustrating. I couldn't help but feel that the team behind the movie knew that many critics would revel in this tale of depression & pity & subsequently lap it up & it looks like it worked. It's impossible to deny that in the lead role of Hushpuppy, Wallis is captivating, I struggle to remember being quite so absorbed by the perfomance of an actor of any age but unfortunately this was generally the only outstanding aspect of the movie. The story is intriguing & hard-hitting, the locale heartbreakingly oppressive & the majority of characters are played with an unusual level of pain & oddness but it simply appeared to me that the film-makers knew that movies such as this now "work" with a certain audience & this left me slghtly annoyed, frustrated & worst of all simply bored & wishing I could have two hours of my life back. The movie will undoubtedly appeal to a certain audience but other than that I think many people will come away thinking similar thoughts to myself & wondering what on earth was going on ... Oh, and don't get me started on the "beasts"