Faulkner was the first thing that came to mind when I was watching Beasts of the Southern Wild. The usual elements were in place: rural US South, drunken behavior, living through the death of a loved one, loss of innocence, shattered and realigned memories, etc. However the film definitely took it a step further, employing youthful fantasy and a number of riotous-joyful-parties. The more consideration I give Beasts of the Southern Wild the more I enjoy it. It doesn’t settle to tell a story in the usual way, explores the world largely through a very young girl’s eyes, and (for us in the North) gives us a different part of the country that we usually aren’t privy too. While it isn’t the best film of 2012 it is a must see.