With the economy currently in shambles, many families have found themselves in financial disarray. Some suffered from massive debt, while others were close to losing their homes. In the DVD release Winter’s Bone, one family was on the brink of the latter of the two.
Winter’s Bone followed 17 year old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) as she was given the responsibility of caring for her siblings when her parents weren’t fit to do so. Her mother was rendered virtually silent after a nervous breakdown and her father was missing after skipping bail on a drug charge. What she didn’t expect was that her father’s actions would lead to her family losing their house. Sheriff Baskin (Garret Dillahunt) informed Ree that her father used their house as collateral for his bail and risked sending his family to live in the Ozark woods. She decided to risk her family’s wrath by breaking the code of silence to find her missing father. Ree found a hesitant ally in her uncle Teardrop (John Hawkes) as he helped Ree find out what happened to her father. They encountered obstacles from his former associates Little Arthur (Kevin Breznahan) and Merab (Dale Dickey) that threatened to harm both of them if they continued to look further. Ree started to make other living arrangements for her brother and sister when she hit a roadblock in her search. Will a surprise save Ree’s family from losing their home?
In terms of story, Winter’s Bone provided a unique viewpoint of a determined teenager willing to defy the odds to save her family’s home. She risked her life and her sanity as she searched high and low for her unreliable father. Unfortunately, it was clearly obvious what happened to the father early in the film, but Ree’s journey of discovering the truth made it still worth watching. It was interesting how the film examined the culture surrounding people living in the Ozarks and how family sometimes beyond simple blood and social ties. A star is definitely born in Lawrence who made her character the backbone of the film. She gave Ree a mix of fearless naivety as she faced some of her more dangerous relatives without any means to protect herself. Lawrence showcased her character’s resilience, even when she appeared to be in danger of losing it all. With Bone, she proved that she had a long career ahead of her if she played her movie cards right.
Verdict: A nicely done film that showcased a star on the rise.
DVD Score: 3 out of 5 stars
Movie Rating: R
1 Star (Mediocre)
2 Stars (Averagely Entertaining)
3 Stars (Decent Enough to Pass Muster)
4 Stars (Near Perfect)
5 Stars (Gold Standard)