Wednesday, December 22, 2010
“Winter’s Bone” plays out more like a thriller than it does a bleak drama, since violence can and does erupt at any moment. Yet it's not a complete horror show - there are moments of tenderness, and long, quiet shots of bored children at play, that are quite touching, if I may say so. As she searches the Ozarks for her dad, Ree encounters the drug-ingesting, drug-dealing scum of the earth who’ll do anything to keep her from finding him. Jennifer Lawrence is a true talent who I imagine will be made into a star within the next two years – she’s pretty enough to be the lead in romantic comedies, and a fantastic enough actress that she can also knock it out of the park in gritty films like this one. Definitely pick this up if you see it at the video store, which of course don’t really exist anymore. Or just download a rental copy here.