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Hey Mike,

I have to disagree with you on this one. I accidentally watched this movie on Netflix without ever hearing about it, so I had the benefit of watching with no expectations.

I know that Hushpuppy doesn't talk like a 6 year old, but I'd have to say that Quvenzhané Wallis's delivery is incredibly beautiful and poetic. I enjoyed this movie because it portrayed the complexity of the human condition in an extreme setting. I felt affection for Hushpuppy's father even though he was an incredibly abusive person and I absolutely hated him for the first 30 minutes of the movie. This made it so much easier to understand Hushpuppy's love and admiration for her abusive father.

I also really enjoyed the way in which the film was shot. I don't think there was any need to show glaciers falling into the ocean and blame global warming, but I digress. There is an emotion and sincerity portrayed in this movie that I feel is rarely captured on film. One example is the scene where Hushpuppy's father is teaching her how to catch a fish with her hands. I really enjoyed the dynamics of their relationship.

I can't say whether or not this culture is misrepresented in the film because I have no knowledge of it. I just took at as a fictional movie that evoked very real emotion in myself.

Geez, I've realized as I write this that I'm probably lumping myself into the liberal hipster category you so despise. Thanks. Let's discuss over a beer sometime.

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