Beasts of the Southern Wild is, indeed, "the most magical film of the year" if only for Quvenzhane Wallis's spellbinding performance as Hushpuppy -- which earned her a nomination for Best Actress, the youngest ever, in this year's Oscars.
I like how Benh Zeitlin (nominated for Best Director) and Lucy Alibar (nominated with Zeitlin for Best Adapted Screenplay) turned Alibar's one-act play, "Juicy and Delicious," into a fantasy movie that melds real-life issues (like global warming) with a young girl's coming-of-age story.
But what I like best in this Best Picture nominee is Wallis's gripping performance of a daughter growing up in the wilds of a Louisiana bayou and how she confronts life and death plus the dreaded aurochs head-on. ✍
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