Winter’s Bone: Movie Review

If any of you are harboring any romantic suppositions about what growing up selling smack in southwest Missouri would be like, you need to see Winter’s Bone.  I haven’t spent as much time as some folks down in those parts, but I live right near there, and have been through and around the area enough to speak to some of the accuracies in the film.  I was touched and moved by how correctly the Ozarks were depicted.

And it’s not just the area, but the people too.  If you haven’t seen the movie yet, I don’t know what relevance this will have to you, but, in reality, Ozark men are (if possible) more toothless and unintelligible, the women are more homely and frightening, the children are snottier, filthier, and not as well dressed.  I don’t know where they found these actors, but my hat is off to them.  Eerily spot on.

The movie spares no grit, still, there is a nostalgic charm to it, or at least there was for me.  Some of the characters, not so much the drug dealers, but definitely the main character (Jennifer Lawrence, to be Katniss in the upcoming Hunger Games movie (can’t wait; I am so excited!)) are strong and admirable.  Life is hard, but she bears it with grace and determination.

I also loved the accent or dialect.  Her friends call her “sweet pea” and “baby girl” and it rings very sweet and true.  Also, there is one part where she is walking through the woods and you can hear a bird that sounds just like the birds that live in the woods out here.  Very, very accurate.

The movie was very violent, and, at times, heart-wrenching, but also beautiful.  I don’t know if it would make anyone want to move out here, but if you live out here, it kind of makes you proud, in a weird and (probably) twisted way that I still haven’t quite worked out.  If any of that appeals to you, give it a shot.

12 thoughts on “Winter’s Bone: Movie Review

  1. Is it scary? In a haunted or alien type way? I don’t do haunted or alien movies anymore. I am possibly the biggest weenie. I think I have PTSD from watching the movie “Signs” more than 9 years ago. I have learned my lesson. Is this one of those movies you had to sneak to watch when your wife wasn’t around? 🙂

  2. LOL re: PTSD from Signs. Like all scary movies, it’s scary-ish right up until the moment you see that the monsters/aliens/masked lunatics are really just guys in (usually not very good or intimidating) monster/alien/masked lunatic costumes. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an actually scary movie. They end up being some of the cheesiest movies around. I am not mocking you, however, just offering commentary.

    • What can I say, I have a VERY active imagination! The guy in the green suit was what haunted me the most. I don’t know why I get so scared. If I think about it too much, it STILL, to this day freaks me out. I can’t even watch previews for “scary” movies. I think I have a disorder (add it to the list!) haha!

      …sneaking….I had a feeling 😉

    • I haven’t read the book. Is it similar to the movie? I might need something more cheery between now and then to gear up for it. Where the Red Fern grows was so very heartwarming. That’s the last time I remember crying over a book.

      • It’s not cheery. It kind of felt like Faulkner-lite, not meaning that as a criticism. It had a similar mood, but wasn’t quite as twisty and convoluted.

        • That’s funny. Not funny haha, but just interesting. I am reading a book right now that I was going to describe as Twilight-lite, though how that could be construed as anything but a criticism is beyond me. Still, I like the term.

  3. First of all, the “what is the matter with you” question is far too complicated to get into here.

    Second, I didn’t know it was Twilight-lite when I picked it up. I was promised it was something else, but it’s not. I was going to write a scathing review then, but now it has become too easy a target, and falls soundly in the category of “if you can’t say anything nice…put it down and forget you ever read it.”

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