"Beasts of the Southern Wild" was beloved upon its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
"Visually stunning and boldly unorthodox, 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' spins a fearsome and intoxicating tale of life beyond the borders of civilization," wrote HuffPost Executive Entertainment Editor Michael Hogan after seeing the film in Park City, Utah.
"One of the most striking narrative debuts ever to debut at the Sundance Film Festival," Todd McCarthy noted in THR, a sentiment echoed by New York Times critic Manhola Dargis.
Impressive! So, does "Beasts of the Southern Wild" look that good? Judging from the new trailer, it does! Which raises the question: does 2012 have its first serious Oscar contender?
The film, which stars newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis, is about a young girl who tries to overcome immense odds to save her father and her bayou home after a biblical-like hurricane strikes. Dramatic! There are also sparklers and the title beasts, which kinda look like something out of "Where The Wild Things Are." Only instead of being directed by Spike Jonze, "Beasts of the Southern Wild" looks like something Terrence Malick might have whipped up. (The film's actual director is Benh Zeitlin, who also co-wrote the score which you can hear in the clip.)
Fox Searchlight picked up "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and will release it on June 27. Expect to hear a lot more about the film between now and the end of the year.
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