Having seen the new wonder movie, ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’, I’m trying to figure out what movie Roger Ebert watched. In the 7/27 Register he gave it 5 stars. Very few movies get 5 stars.
Sure, Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry were good. The whole cast was pretty good. That couldn’t save the movie though.
It was unclear where director Benh Zeitlin was going with it. The movie opens with the young girl in her hut-like existence near New Orleans communing with the animals. Utter squalor. Third world hovel. Bull crap. This is America, we don’t do that crap here. This ain’t Rwanda. We don’t subsist in the mud.
Hand to mouth existence isn’t what we aspire to here. Regardless of your race or ethnicity. We don’t make excuses for people. We don’t glamourize failure. We Rocky-fy it and get the hell out of there.
Those people didn’t need a movie made about them, they need luggage. Time to move it on up. We don’t want to make saints out of those who want to keep people in the mud, we want to get those people a ladder. Zeitlin left her in the mud.