In 2012, Benh Zeitlinโ€™s BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD was my favorite film of that year and Iโ€™ve returned to watch Hushpuppy navigate the bathtub countless times.

Sadly, Benh Zeitlinโ€™s follow-up WENDY tries to create the same magic, yet fails to transcend to the great heights of BEASTS.

A quote from WENDY: โ€œAll children grow up, for most it just happens like a change in the weather. But for some. The wild ones. The ones with the light in their eyes. Escape.โ€

Hereโ€™s hoping that Benh Zeitlin โ€œescapesโ€ this misstep and makes something that once again captures that deeply-personal feeling of what it is like to be a child. Hereโ€™s hoping that he has another story in him that makes Hushpuppy proud.

WENDY is available to rent on Amazon Prime and Apple TV

Aaron "Dobler" Goldstein

Aaron Goldstein is a Product Manager by day, ludicrous speed content consumer by night. Heโ€™s a LA Film School Alumni and TV Academy / Producers Guild of America member. Aaron is a proud parent and dad joke enthusiast.

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