I’m not sure the movie would work without the score by Zeitlin and Dan Romer; the music is down-home yet eternal, and it drives the film ecstatically forward. I’m not sure how Zeitlin pulled off the Aurochs — are they giant tricked-out hogs? I’m not sure how anything in this movie actually came to be, and I’m afraid that knowing would break the spell. I just know that “Beasts of the Southern Wild” is the first movie in a long time to feel like the first movie ever made.
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