A young woman raising her two siblings must uncover what happened
to her meth-dealing father before the authorities take away her house.
Winter's Bone (2010)
Directed by Debra Granik
Written by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt,
Dale Dickey, Valerie Richards, Ronnie Hall, Tate Taylor
Based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell
Oscar Nominations - Best Picture, Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), Best Adapted Screeenplay
Winter's Bone is a dull tale of a mountain family with a tragic past that is trying to find their meth cook father. The entire movie consists of Jennifer Lawrence asking various family connections where her father is, and those people telling her to fuck off. There's little entertainment value in that. Apart from John Hawkes, the performances aren't that great either. I don't really understand the universal critical praise, especially when compared to some of the other 2010 Best Picture nominees.
Ree Dolly (Lawrence) is a seventeen-year-old raising her two younger siblings because her dad is a meth cook and her mom is mentally unwell. One day, the sheriff (Dillahunt) arrives to tell Ree that her dad put up the house for bond, and if he doesn't show up in court, the state will take the house. So Ree tries to find her dad, along with her unstable uncle Teardrop (Hawkes). What they find is an Ozark Mountain conspiracy that doesn't get much closure, and ends right when it could get really interesting.
Winter's Bone reminded me very much of last year's Hillbilly Elegy, a film that was slammed for negative stereotypes of mountain people. In my opinion, Winter's Bone had far more offensive, drug-related stereotypes of mountain people, but nobody was up in arms about it then. In fact, this film got four Oscar nominations and critical praise. It's just odd that people pick and choose what to be offended by at their leisure. Also, this film isn't that great.