“Beasts of the Southern Wild” premiered last January at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic films. At Cannes, it won the The Caméra d’Or (“Golden Camera”), which is awarded for the best first feature film (this is director Benh Zeitlin’s first feature-length film). It also won the similarly purposed Sutherland Award, awarded by the British Film Institute. Sight & Sound and AFI have both listed the film amongst their Bests of 2012.
With so many critical accolades showered upon it, I knew I had to see it before the year was out. I’m certainly glad that I did. “Beasts of the Southern Wild” is a challenging, moving, thought-provoking film that certainly deserves to be included in the discussion of the year’s best.