Title: Winter’s Bone
Length: 100 minutes
Director: Debra Granik
Writers: Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini, based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes
Music: Dickon Hinchliffe (and others whose credits I can’t find online)
Oscars: nominations for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress (Lawrence) and Best Supporting Actor (Hawkes)
Synopsis: a teenager needs to hunt down her bail-jumping father
How I saw it: in the theater, yesterday
Pacing: Good. It feels longer than it is, but it wouldn’t work nearly as well if it moved faster.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Great. Unless this year’s movies pick up a lot, Lawrence is pretty much guaranteed an Oscar nomination, if only because it’s such a great role.
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great). Intense, without ever giving you the unpleasant feeling that an intensely bleak movie usually gives. It has the detached, matter-of-fact tone and delivery of an old Appalachian murder ballad – which is an impressive feat for a movie to pull off, absolutely perfect for these characters, and kind of awesome to watch. Reminds me of Cormac McCarthy, except with a plot.
Objective Rating: 3.8/4 (Great).