Thanx for the link, from the "review...."it's also overly verbose and reliant on white middle-class guilt to achieve its emotional effects. The film has a sheen of earnestness that misleads one away from the bald calculation on display, as the poverty-stricken inhabitants of the Bathtub, with one exception, are fetishized as one-note emblems of good will and clean living that's uncorrupted by fancy-schmancy materialism. It's the implicit anti-materialism that frequently trips Zeitlin up.
The majority of the film's characters aren't differentiated, mostly portrayed as mystical hillbillies in possession of a kind of elemental wisdom. They brave quite a bit of catastrophe, but with the exception of the ongoing conflict between Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) and her father, Wink (a startling Dwight Henry), there's very little sense for the social tensions that manifest during times of duress. These people drink, but they rarely curse, rarely fight, rarely do anything that might complicate a sentimentality that's born of a fantasy of escaping the traps of mainstream society. Nothing, not even an act of God, can compromise the Bathtub's earthy connection to the root of the Things That Truly Matter.
That inadvertent condescension undermines the film's most impressive sequences. The Bathtub is obviously meant as a stand-in for New Orleans in its entirety, and the narrative is symbolically grappling with the storms that have crippled that city in recent years. A severe hurricane strikes the Bathtub in the second act, which affords Zeitlin the opportunity to break from the relentless sermonizing of the dialogue to relate a story of survival with clean, muscular visuals. But in the overall context of a film that too often glosses over the tolls of disaster, these passages offensively play as a mere blip on the road to formulaic self-actualizationWRONG!
White guilt isn't the aim of this movie...far from it.
If the reviewer "felt guilty," he should go look in the mirror, instead of sniveling about how this film made him feel sad.
I guess he doesn't realize there are children in this country who happen to grow up not
behind a white picket fence.
This movie is about a time in a child's life where things aren't all rosy and white.
It's told from the memories
and POV of a small child....you know, a NON adult.
NON adults don't interpret life LIKE
adults....because they're NOT
I guess the dude doesn't realize this fact....