“When it all goes quiet behind my eyes, I see everything that made me lying around in invisible pieces. When I look too hard, it goes away. And when it all goes quiet, I see they are right here. I see that I’m a little piece in a big, big universe. And that makes things right.”
-Hushpuppy from Beasts of the Southern Wild
Last Sunday, I went to see Beasts of the Southern Wild all by myself. This was the best film to see without any interruption. I cannot even begin to express how utterly beautiful the story is. Not only is the entire film visually gorgeous, it also presents a heart wrenching story. Set in what I assume is a post Katrina, bayou called “The Bathtub,” Hushpuppy and her father brave the elements to survive. It’s told through the narrative of Hushpuppy, the heroine of the film.
By the end of the movie, I felt as if my heart had been busted open then quickly stitched back together before I realized it. You might cry but you will definitely feel things. It’s a wonderful approach to a topic I think Hollywood is often scared to confront. Racism, poverty, and painful family occurrences make the film full of difficult scenes. But, in the end it is a beautiful, beautiful piece of visual poetry.