Some movie lovers value the familiar -- they want to see stories and images that are more or less recognizable, but given a stamp of originality in some way. Others place a premium on uniqueness -- they want to see something they’ve never seen before. Benh Zeitlin’s debut feature Beasts of the Southern Wild
will appeal greatly to the latter crowd.
Any attempt to explain the plot of this striking picture will make it sound more conventional than it actually is, but the film stars Quvenzhane Wallis -- a first-time actress who was five when she landed the part and six during production -- as Hushpuppy, a poor girl living in huts with her father Wink (Dwigh...