It is very possible I'm letting sentimental filmmaking get the better of me, but have you listened to that music? Have you seen the adorable Quvenzhane Wallis stomping around the Bathtub, sucking crab legs and shouting “you the man?” Have you let the somewhat-overblown metaphor of invading aurochs tackle your sense of wonder? Yeah, this movie, this fable, is, indeed, something special.

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Best part: Hushpuppy's visit to her “mom.”