Beasts of the Southern Wild is up for an Oscar this weekend. It has been widely celebrated by critics, both high- and lowbrow. In these linked blog posts, Jayna Brown and Christina Sharpe offer complementary, troubling critical perspectives on this widespread applause. Brown and Sharpe write of their reactions to the film, "Both of us went separately to see the film Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin, 2012) having read and heard enthusiastic reviews from sources whose points of view we respected. As a result, we were both unprepared for the intensity of the visceral responses we both had to what one source claimed was a film 'singing a song of peculiar American splendor.' Our experiences of the film were so entirely opposite to the frothy enthusiasm it seemed to evoke in others that we both left the film in shock, with a nauseous vertigo." Sharpe and Brown's respective blog posts follow.
Beasts of the Southern Wild - Introduction
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