Thursday, September 20, 2012
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (Benh Zeitlin, 2012)
I tells ya, i almost could have really liked this movie. The subject matter is very unusual (it's a semi fantastical thing starring a six year old girl set in a remote outcast community in New Orleans on the wrong side of a levy and faced with imminent flooding / government intervention) and the script is great (including the ripper line "...nobody likes a pity-party havin' ass woman..."
The problem is the way its shot and PARTICULARLY the piano and strings 'emotive' score is sooo bog-standard Sundance indie film that it makes the thing seem positively ordinary. Anybody seen it? Agree? Disagree? I really would have thought with such an unusual film they would have done something more interesting with the music.
This was adapted from a one act play, and even though I generally hate seeing plays, I wish i could have seen this one to compare...