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Friday, March 11, 2011

Winter's Bone movie thoughts

Yeah, we skipped some of our shows and saw another movie. Oops. We WILL be on top of things after this weekend though. Spring break will be over, and we will have no lives again. YAY! Plus, most of the shows are on hiatus right? We want to savor the Southland finale. We guess we can always watch Off the Map or something. But we digress.

Winter’s Bone sort of looked like a modern-day Little House on the Prairie from what we saw of the pictures. Pretty Jennifer Lawrence running through the snow. Blah blah blah. How wrong we were. Winter’s Bone is, in fact, nothing like Little House on the Prairie. It’s actually a movie about poor, meth dealing hillbillies in the mountains and a 17-year-old girl trying to track down her father so she can keep the family house. It sounds grim, but it’s actually not depressing. Halfway through the movie, you realize it’s a mystery story.

We liked the acting, the story, the characters, and just about everything else about this odd movie. What we didn’t like so much was the pacing. There were minutes that snailed by. There are moments with genuine tension, and the movie almost evolves into a gripping thriller that you run and tell your friends about. That wouldn’t have gotten the Oscar nod for Best Picture though. Instead, what you get is an interesting little movie that you will probably never want to watch again or own on DVD. We were sad to leave the setting and situation and wondered if there was more potential for a great mystery story there, rather than just a well-made movie. It took too long to get going to get a perfect grade from us.

Movie Grade: B+


  1. I thought the most interesting thing about that movie was how well it created an atmosphere. I felt like I was in that world, with everything that was unsettling about it. It was like reading Annie Dillon. Amazing performance from Jennifer Lawrence, too.

  2. La vi hace unas semanas y sí,la actuación de Jennifer Lawrence es genial, quizás esa fue la razón por la que terminé de ver la película.

    As you said, it's not a depressing movie, but at leats for me was a little hard to watch and certainly I didn't enjoyed it.

    I agree with Cat, the movie created an atmosphere and sometimes I could really feel the cold.

    But it's true, I don't want to wwatch it again and I won't buy it, but is a well done movie.

  3. Yeah, we kind of wanted to stay in that world because it was so interesting and sucked you in. There was a weird little culture, complete with a power struggle we liked to watch. There were some dark/sad moments that were hard to watch, yes. We're sort of desensitized lately though.