Share-a-Film: Beasts of The Southern Wild (Date Night)

If you’ve been following my blog for some time now, you’ll know that my husband and I don’t go out.  All parents with young children will know how difficult it is to have date-nights, especially if you are like us who live away from family and are just a bit hesitant to leave our daughter with a babysitter.  So our date night consists of watching a movie from Lovefilm, wine and some nibly bits.  We also take turns in choosing the film, though of course, they send whichever film is available so we don’t really know what we will be watching till they send it off.  Last night’s film was his choice called Beasts of the Souther Wild, a fantasy movie/drama based on a one-act play.  Since it was pegged as a fantasy movie, he thought we could watch it with T.  It is a film about a child, but it’s not really for children.  In the end, we decided that she was too young for it.

Beasts of the Southern Wild is an amazing film.  Watch it and be prepared to be awed by the acting.  Oh and if you’re like me who is easily moved to tears, yes, you will sniffle all through-out the film.  The cast was also amazing. A movie that will make you feel like you’re not watching, but instead make you feel as if you’re a part of it, and witnessing the events unfold before you as if you were really there, is in my book a definition of a really, really good film.  And you also know, that these events may have happened or are happening in other parts of the world.

Did I mention the cast was amazing?  Oh yes, I already did.  What’s even surprising is that the main casts, the man and daughter have both never acted in any film or TV before this film.  I was blown away by their acting, especially the little girl.  Quvenzhane Wallis, was five when she auditioned for the film (but she and her mom lied about her age just so she could read for the part).  She later on became the world’s youngest person to be ever nominated for Best Actress in the Oscars.

Her equally wonderful co-actor who played the very moving role as her father, is baker turned actor, Dwight Henry.  He owned a bakery across where the casting agency was located at.  The staff used to come over at his place for a bite to eat.  He later decided to audition, not really expecting to get the part.  But he did!  The surprising thing is, he turned it down because he was too busy with another bakery he just opened.  They later convinced him to take the part and he was amazing!  You’d never guess that this was his first acting role ever.  I’m surprised he didn’t get nominated for this movie.

Won’t talk about the plot much in case you’re interested in watching it.  Yes, it is one of those poignant father-daughter movies, but it’s nothing like any other movie I’ve ever seen.  It is raw and beautiful.  If you haven’t seen it yet, take a peek at the trailer:

This film is a definite must-see.

Watch it!


  1. When the film came out in the theaters here, people were awed by the kid, too. She’s grown now and even went to the Oscars in her best dress and a dressed-up purse (I can’t remember what she had on it, but I remember seeing her on Ellen with the purse). I was a bit interested to see the film, but my movie-buff-family didn’t want to. It came out on cable and was ready for renting, but we never did rent it. I don’t know if I’ll ever get the chance to view it any time soon. It looks depressing to me because it was set in Louisianna, I think, when most people were uprooted after the hurricane Katrina, a natural disaster, left thousands of acres of land under water. That was in 2005 – the storm.

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