BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD was without a doubt one of the best films I watched in 2012. A strange, visual feast, the film tells the story of Hushpuppy, a six-year-old girl living in a bayou fishing community (the “Bathtub”) cut off from the rest of the world by a levee. The world falls out of balance, resulting in what is, to her, the end of the world; melting polar ice caps create storms that drown the bayou and release prehistoric beasts from the ice. Hushpuppy believes she must restore the balance of the world to save her dying father and disappearing home, while her father prepares her to survive without him. This is the end of the world seen through the imagination of a little girl, with enough oddball characters, striking imagery and incredible acting by Quvenzhané Wallis to keep you enthralled. Recommended for those seeking something different.