V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Swampy survival tale serves up a gumbo of the real and the fantastical
Riding high on a wave of film fest bonhomie (it snagged the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and four awards at this years’ Cannes), Beasts of the Southern Wild is one of those wildly creative, fiercely independent, proudly idiosyncratic films that will be regarded as little more than a curiosity in the harsh light of the American cineplex. That’s a shame, really.