Beasts of the Southern Wild: 4 stars

Bathroom Meter: 4 out of 5 stars

A Sundance/Cannes favorite. A six-year-old girl living in a poor Delta community must face her father’s fading health and environmental changes that release an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs.

Quvenzhané Wallis, eight years old and already a better actress than Kristen Stewart

Have I sat down to watch it? No.

Have I theater-watched it? Yes, I’ve seen almost the whole movie standing in the theater.

Main Audience Demographic: All over the place. Older, younger, black, white.

Audience reaction as they leave the theater: They’re wiping their eyes, looking like they need a hug. Or a drink. It’s a beautiful movie, but it is damn hard to watch.

Best comment: “It brings up so much emotion! What a beautiful film.”

Worst comment: “Wow, that was really hard to watch.”

See it or not? Yes. It’s hard to watch, I will admit that, but it’s worth it just to see these two new stars in action. They were unknowns before this film. Quvenzhané even had to lie about her age when she auditioned. Because she was five. Yes, FIVE. The minimum legal age was six. It’s insane. She’s amazing.

So…go ahead and watch this one. But maybe wait until the buzz dies down and you can watch it in a half-empty theater. Unless you don’t mind sobbing in front of strangers.

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