The Beasts of the Southern Wild

The one reason to see this film is because Quvenzhane Wallis is the cutest little kid ever seen in a film.  So many scenes are made by her expressions and reactions, although my absolute favourite scene was probably scripted.  In that scene she accidentally sets fire to her house.  It was an understated film in many ways.  It was exactly the kind of story a child would tell, where not everything quite makes sense, the small things are as important as the big things.  I liked the nostalgic militaryevoking music at the beginning and the end.  I liked how it was shot handheld.  It was an original representation of a very commonly told story though, which meant that I really wasn’t overawed by the material.  I think Benh Zeitlin totally aced the direction, and I’ll be excited for what comes next.

 

This film we saw at the Watershed, my usual cinema of choice, there was a crowd at the showing, we sat at the back, I’m not doing that again – far too many super tall people ruining my view, I felt like a spy.  Before the film we started our date by going to a talk about art in the history of books.  There was so much potential for this to be absorbing and fascinating, but as it happens, the speaker was dull and I got good, as did my super hot boyfriend (I’m not going to boring stuff with him anymore, he’s too distracting.   That’s the major problem with super hot boyfriends).  We tried the only Korean Restaurant in town, I was very grateful to have my dinner cooked and purchased for me, it was nice, but not intriguing enough that I’d want to go back.  We didn’t talk much about the film after, we simply agreed that it would like an Oscar and that was that.  When we got home, we drank away our day with my current special offer wine (Mcguigan Merlot £5.99 each, £12 for 2).  Company 5*, film 4* and dinner 3*.

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