Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #98 Winter’s Bone

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 1:11 AM

Movie #98 Winter’s Bone

(2010, US, d. Debra Granik)

Coming off one film led by its lead actress comes Winter’s Bone, a chilling film that is magnified by the lead performance from newcomer Jennifer Lawrence. Set in Trailer Park City, Hicksville County, Ozarkville, Winter’s Bone does a very unique thing: instead of painting the Ozarks and Nowhere, America as a place of backwards people and bleak hope, Granik decides to portray the place as full of secrets, mysteries, and deceptions waiting to be revealed. Families clash in this nearly two hour thriller/drama about seventeen year old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) who must find her missing fugitive father who listed her house as his bail bond. As Ree travels from home to home, she begins to gain a sense for the darker things that run her little community. It felt like a treasure film with an evil twist and bleak dialogue. Though I wouldn’t say I loved this film or even really enjoyed it, I think it’s a great movie.

  1. I wasn’t totally involved with this story, but the acting and character driven element made me like it more. Still, I think it’s the weakest out of the Best Picture race this year! Good review, check out mine when you can!

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