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Beasts of the Southern Wild Trailer Resurrects the Phrase ‘I’m the Man’

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Benh ZeitlinAt this year’s Sundance Festival, Beasts of the Southern Wild — a lo-fi fantasy shot in Louisiana about a young girl surviving a storm directed by first-timer Benh Zeitlin — was an instant hit. It ended up winning the Grand Jury Prize, and then getting scooped up by Fox Searchlight for a couple of million dollars, and then getting a June 27 release date — and, now, a couple months before us peons that don’t get invited to fancy movie festivals get to see exactly what all the hype is about, a trailer has been released. And guess what? This is pretty instantaneously charming! The tiny debut actress, Quvenzhan√© Wallis, hustles around meeting possibly nefarious characters, hanging with toothy boars, and saying crazy stuff like “The whole universe depends on everything fitting together just right — if one piece busts, the entire universe will get busted” — and, somehow, seems completely equipped to pull it off. And, possibly most impressive? There’s even a non-groan-inducing usage of the phrase “I’m the man,” something that hasn’t been seen in the last decade and change. Truly remarkable stuff.