Monday, 23 July 2012

Winter's Bone

I haven't got a lot of time on my hands at the moment, and after seeing this last night I have to write a review on it. This'll be a pretty short one, and I'll just get straight to it... 

Winter's Bone is terrific. It's so unique in its style, acting, story and pretty much every aspect! Jennifer Lawrence is astonishing as Ree Dolly, a 17 year old girl who cares for her family (her disabled mum, and her two younger siblings) because her drug dealing father left home years ago. Her house is being repossessed due to her father not showing up in a court case; she believes him to be dead. So, Ree heads out through dangerous territory to find his body to prove that he was dead at the time of the court case. 

I hadn't heard of the majority of the actors in this, and this is a really good thing! Jennifer Lawrence gave a ground breaking performance here; she let through so much emotion as Ree, and was very believable. The supporting cast are all as good, and they all add to the films nature. Let me get it straight, Winter's Bone is a VERY dark and distressing film. One scene in particularly had me gripping my sofa with my life; not because I was scared, but due to the scale of the emotion, and how haunting it was. Director Debra Granik has made a true piece of art here, because the amount we care for these characters, and the amount we so want them to keep their house, is truly inspirational. 

To Summarise: "Winter's Bone" is haunting, gripping and very emotional; and it boasts a truly terrific performance from Jennifer Lawrence.

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