Because if "Beasts of the Southern Wild" is going to find an audience during its release, I don't think it's going to be doing the film any favors if it's hyped. There's a lot of good things about the film, but I also found a number of holes. My biggest criticism was this: "Zeitlin has created a fully imagined fantasy world, but he rarely allows the viewer to emotionally inhabit it," as I wrote.
While the story’s heart lies in the relationship between the expressive adorable little star Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) and her father (Dwight Henry), I felt the characters—and their setting—remain too much at a distance. Now I know there were plenty of Sundance viewers who felt a stronger emotional connection to the material than I, but I can't discount my own experience of the film. There's a lot to look at, for sure, but narratively, it's wild and woolly, not unlike some Terry Gilliam flight of fancy, and I just don't believe it coheres. Come on, did you all really buy the bit with the explosives stuffed in the crocodile?
@x7o Yes, that is why I included the link to the annotation in my tweet.Posted 11 hours ago
@antkaufman This, of course, contradicts your claim that it is "impressively researched" - it is either negligent or malicious.Posted 13 hours ago
@antkaufman See here: http://t.co/EkQOpKipi5 There are glaring factual inaccuracies. Just ask @carwinbPosted 13 hours ago