Oh, so now you are a fan of Oscar best picture winners? That goes against just about everything you have written about a thousand times over the last couple years,
Or you just on principle against very good movies not based on comic book characters?
For the record, I think it is better than Chicago, Crash, No Country for Old Men, The Departed, Slumdog Millionaire, The King's Speech and The Artist. I think LOTR:ROTK, Million Dollar Baby and The Hurt Locker are better.
But why am I trying to discuss rationally with someone who wears his ignorance (as in making up his mind about a movie before he sees it) as a badge of honor?
Going into it, I wasn't sure it would appeal to me (and had the usual skepticism about whatever wins at Sundance) but found it to be very powerful and very unlike anything else I've seen in quite some time. Give it a chance, I think you'll be rewarded and surprised.
I hope Quvenzhane Wallis gets nominated and wins just to see Jean Duajrdin have to try so hard to say her name twice (that is a punishment for winning undeservidely last year), I being english have trouble saying her name can imagine Jean being french having to say it, so funny.
So I finally got to see this and I really liked it. Loved the atmosphere Zietlin created fort 'The Bathtub'. It just looked effortlessly magical and the score is perfection. What can I say about Wallis? I thought she was really strong carrying this film ably on her shoulders. Fierce, vulnerable, childlike yet with some degree of maturity. It is an accomplished performance that deserves the praise. Her Hushpuppy is a hero for the ages, she really is Da Man! Dwight Henry is solid as Wink, although his inexperience can be seen in as lot of the earlier scenes where all he basically does is shout, he nails the quiet moments with Wallis and sells the emotion of the film. He can easily be swept up in the film's momentum. But while there is a lot to like here, the film is not without its problems. I admire and am fascinated by the ideas Zietlin presents with regard to the aurochs but he doesn't realize these as strongly as I wanted him to. The scene where Hushpuppy finally confronts the titular beasts felt a little anti-climactic and diminished the high I was getting from this film. Despite this, the film succeeds on most levels and I left the theatre feeling pretty satisfied.
Pretty stellar film, and Quvenzhané Wallis is worth all the attention she's received so far (and likely will receive in the future). Dwight Henry should enjoy some of that positive reception too. He's as worthy as Wallis is for it. Acknowledging Hushpuppy without Wink? I hope that's not the case this season.
" . . . for once, I get the feeling that I'm right where I belong"
I have seen this movie, and honestly I didn't really care for it. I know that I am in an extremely small minority with my opinion, but I think that it was very overhyped. It was quite a let down for me because I was really excited to see it. Needless to say, I was disappointed.
That's just my opinion, and I know that very few people will agree with me.
I am so tired of kid actors being praised for being kids who act half-comptetently in an awards-friendly film.
Quvenzhané Wallis is flawless.
It gets you thinking, but the film is not the best thing ever—it could have ended sooner and I did not really understand the beasts themselves, but it is certainly a great film and is deserving of its 86 on Metacritic and probably picture, director, supporting actor and score nominations.
It looks like "Beasts" isn't even going to reach 10 million domestically (a pause for a sigh of frustration). Hopefully it can pull a Hurt Locker, Tree of Life sort of thing, an still make it despite not having great box office numbers for an indie movie.
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1) It wins one of the top 3 critics' groups awards (possible, but far from certain)
2) There isn't a fresher indie/outside the box contender before the end of the year (again possible, but far from certain - it needs to be like Winter's Bone - a far more conventional film - and stand alone).
I've always thought it was a less likely BP nominee than The Dark Knight Rises. It is not, despite some of the hysterics from certain quarters, an Academy-friendly film.
It's ultimate about $10 million gross is not an asset. (It will be at 8.4 by Thursday, 8.8 by the end of next week, so it still could make it).