Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 91 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 13+. The depictions of a hard-scrabble life are presented with a bit of magic but more honesty, so thematic elements include children in danger, floods, and people marshaled up against their will. Also includes cursing, drinking, and some scantily clad women who work at a brothel, but no sexual content—in fact, the women function more as motherly figures than anything else.
‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ is beautiful, energetic, and woefully sad, pervaded by dual senses of hopelessness and defiance. The film tries to tackle the mysteries and tangles of the universe, but in young actress Quvenzhané Wallis, it has an undeniably bright star.
By Roxana Hadadi
The Bathtub of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” seems stuck in time. A semi-forgotten wilderness off of New Orleans, cut off by the levees and surrounded by water, it’s a place where people have no need for government. They rule themselves, they all get along, and they live to eat and drink and play and dance. Laws don’t matter. Only life matters.