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Re: “Don't believe the hype about Beasts of the Southern Wild

Seriously wish I would have read your review before going to see "Beasts". I just want to say in the hopes that I save someone $10.00 that this is one of the worst movies I have ever seen…..and I watch an enormous number of movies, love indie film, love magical realism (Amelie and Pan’s Labyrinth being two of my favorites in that genre), and grew up dirt poor in the south and still live a very simple life. Spending money to see a movie at the theatre is a once every few months treat. I also have to say I went with a group of people…most wanted to walk out…which is something I have never done but in retrospect sincerely wish I would have. Besides the impressive screen presense of Quvenzhané Wallis (I say screen presence because she doesn't act) and interesting locations everything else about this film is an absolute trainwreck….the worst kind of storytelling possible.... awful, awful camera work which literally gave me motion sickness (handheld is one thing…non-motivated absurd camera shake, non-story motivated camera movement and mostly out of focus is another), fatal flaws in narrative, pacing and editing, ridiculously terrible dialouge (and its no excuse to say its from the perspective of a child) and non-actors either non-acting or acting so badly that the scene becomes a parody of itself. Truly saddens me so many people have supported this movie because there are a lot of great indie films that never see the light of day. If it was a student film I would give it an “F”. As it is I just want my money and time back. Please don't call this project folk art - its demeaning to folk artists who make beautiful things. And you can call me whatever names you want. No amount of social pressure will ever cause me to see this "movie" as anything other than absolutely god awful.

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Posted by CMT on September 10, 2012 at 8:23 AM
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