Saturday, August 7, 2010
The other day, my friend Amy and I saw an incredibly heartfelt and inspiring film, Winter's Bone.
We both had been longing to see this film since reading about it in a recent issue of Elle Magazine. Much to our surprise, the movie theater had a giant cut-out of the article to entice movie-goers.
(I know, I'm a dork. Ha! Urban Outfitters dress. Click to enlarge.)
The film revolves around a 17-year-old Ozark Mountain girl, Ree, as she searches for her drug-dealing father, while trying to raise her family. The bleak and stark cinematography is haunting. The frightening social dynamics amongst the families and neighbors is eye-opening. In an era filled with cop buddy movies, chick flicks, and vampire dramas, this film dares to show reality at its most vulnerable. It is simply an amazing piece of work.
All the actors in this film were absolutely superb, but the one who stood out to me the most was the leading lady, Jennifer Lawrence. Her raw, aggressive portrayal of the fearless Ree is the backbone for the entire film. She is so believable in this role, you will swear that you know the girl personally. Ree is not just a character, she's a life force. She is the girl who makes your heart swell with pride yet break at the same time.
I believe this may be Jennifer Lawrence's first major film role.
If this talented and beautiful young actress does not receive an Academy Award nomination for this film, I am going to be stunned.
I hope you all take the time to see this film in theaters, or at least rent it when it becomes available on DVD. Trust me, you won't regret it!
I hope you're all having a safe and happy weekend!