Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Winter's Bone

Winter's Bone is one of those arthouse flicks that would sit very comfortably in the middle of a film festival but seems to have gained a wide release thanks to positive word of mouth. It looks bleak yet beautiful, the scenery is homely yet unwelcoming, the whole atmosphere haunting yet hopeful and the acting restrained yet dramatic, especially in the case of its lead, Jennifer Lawrence.
Not much happens, but then it never does in these kinds of films. It's all about the mood. Which is fine if you like that kind of thing, but if you're a borderline narcoleptic like me it'll put you out quicker than chloroform.

Of course the big question is, where does Winter's Bone sit on the scale of 2010's bleakest bleakfests?
Oh God I'm depressed.


  1. I'm one of the few who didn't really rate The Road, because as you say about Winter's Bone, it's one of those films that's not really about anything. It looked fantastic and Viggo Mortensen should've got an Oscar nod at the very least, but it was just very technically-accomplished nothing, really.
    I do intend to give it a second look to see if I was wrong after all. And shall be seeing Winter's Bone soon too.

  2. Hopefully going to see this tomorrow...I liked the Road.

  3. Marge Gunderson aka SongWarMonger24 September 2010 at 09:23

    Saw it last night and was completely gripped from start to finish. For a film where not a lot happens it managed to suprise me many times over. I thought I had it all worked out but I didn't. There isn't a huge mystery but the plot managed to twist a little here and there (and not just for shock value) and so held my attention.

    Jennifer Lawrence (who I see on Imdb appeared in an episode of the classic Monk! ) makes a stunning debut with convincing support from her co stars especially John Hawkes. I urge everyone to go see this movie.