Drumroll….It’s time for Oscars 2013! I love this time of year, since I am a HUGE movie buff, and find the whole fanfare around the Oscars very exciting. Yes, yes, I do realize that it’s all rather political and somewhat meaningless at the end of the day, but it’s so much FUN I love waiting for the nominations, arguing about them with friends, betting on winners, and then, of course, watching the red carpet! I also think its just a great excuse to get together with friends early on Sunday evening, and to drink wine and gossip about celebrities (‘she’s dating WHO?’, ‘they had ANOTHER child?? and so on).
Having said that, I am pitifully behind on my Oscar line up film watching this year. I was beginning to panic, actually, having seen NONE of the nominated films, when my husband came to the rescue last weekend, saying he had “Beasts of the Southern Wild” from Netflix. To boot, my sister was visiting and I was sick, so this was actually rather perfect. My movie review follows:
We went into the movie knowing very little about it – the plot, the actors – and suffice it to say, I was more than pleasantly surprised by this charming little fantasy based film from director Benh Zeitlin (IMBD: “Born in New York City and raised in Sunnyside, Queens and then Westchester County, Benh Zeitlin began his career as a filmmaker at the tender age of 6 when he and a friend made a Batman movie”). The script was written by Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar from Alibar’s one-act play Juicy and Delicious. The movie stars Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry and Levy Easterly. Wallis is the youngest actor ever to receive a Best Actress nomination for her performance in this film. She plays an incredibly endearing 6 year old named Hushpuppy who lives in a Southern Louisiana Bayou community lovingly refered to as the “Bathtub” with her ailing father Wink, and the fellow residents who form a tight knit community. The story revolves around the little girl – her imagination, strong will and fierce attachment to her ailing and quick tempered father. Their homes face destruction with the threat of an upcoming storm, but the community holds tight to their desire to stay put, and not move to shelters provided for them by the state. She is also infused with the loss of her mother ‘who swam away’ when she was very young, often speaking to her and even goes to find her. I don’t want to spoil this movie for those who have yet to see it, but I do highly recommend it. It is rated PG 13 and while there is no violence or bad language or sexual overtones, the theme of the movie is fairly serious and may end up going above the heads of most kids below 14. My 11 year old son watched it with us, rather fascinated despite his reservations, but again, this movie is so delicately woven and caught up in little subtleties, he probably missed most of the heart of the film.
I highly recommend this film, and do have to say I will be rooting for little Quvenzhané at this years Oscars.