Excerpt: Revenge stories typically have two primary elements that fall under that story type’s notion of justice: There’s payback and then there’s closure. It’s perhaps more of a formula that fits nicely into the typical male revenge flick, where the guy is able to eventually dish out ladle-fuls of...
Excerpt: Isolation doesn’t even begin to describe where 17-year old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) is raising her younger brother and sister. Her mother is mentally ill, leaving her with almost no money in the middle of the Ozarks, where everyone plays by their own rules. Those rules are purely their own.
Conclusion: Not only was I wowed by the bleak story of a young girl taking on a world that was completely unforgiving and mean, I was floored by Jennifer Lawrence. This is one of those performances that launches a career, and for my money, she's one of the best young actresses out there.
Excerpt: Seventeen-year-old Ree Dolly sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods.
Conclusion: Winter's Bone is a disturbing film that nonetheless manages against all odds to be invested with at least a modicum of optimism. Jennifer Lawrence emerges as one of the most startling new talents in years with a nuanced and provocative portrayal as put upon teen Ree Dolly, and director Debra Granik...
Excerpt: The phrase �close-knit community� normally has quite positive, friendly connotations, but the folk portrayed in Winter�s Bone could scarcely be less welcoming to their neighbours, let alone outsiders.
Excerpt: How far would you go to save your family? Sure, sure, you’d keep your crazy, ageing mother at home to avoid the trauma of an assisted living facility. You might even offer to do the laundry and keep things functioning in her wake.
Excerpt: The protagonist of Winter’s Bone , played with unnerving tough-girl conviction by Jennifer Lawrence, lives deep in a backwoods Missouri world of absences, threats, and expectation-freighted good deeds.