Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Winter's Bone (2010)

Ozarks noir. What makes this so good is that it's structured like a detective story, and it doesn't cheat. We only learn what Ree, the seventeen year old protagonist, learns as she hunts down her missing father, a meth cooker in and out of jail. The story comes at us in incomplete pieces--no one suddenly explains everything, but each scene of the film builds on the last till we have as complete a picture as possible of what might have happened. Jennifer Lawrence is steely and unstoppable as Ree. I wouldn't change much about this movie but I would have loved to have seen it on film instead of digital video.

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