I want to call this the White trash version of Precious but I don't think that is giving it enough credit. I think it could very well be a better movie than Precious. For sure the leading performance from Jennifer Lawrence cements this as being a great piece of filmmaking on its own. But the supporting cast is super rich in depth as well. This is as bleak as a movie can get. Not just in terms of film style but in story as well. The entire middle of the movie is gut-wrenching and difficult, but certainly worth the effort. Where the heck are the Ozark woods anyway? I was sure this movie was set in Arkansas but then I see icicles which doesn't add up with the accents. It actually comforted me that I don't know where in the world this was set since it would be the last place I'd want to spend a vacation I think. Apart from a brilliant leading performance, I loved how this film makes you feel like you are among these people. That you are part of this mountain-living population. You get a sense of community for what it is. Anyway, very difficult to watch but rewarding nonetheless. Certainly not the last we'll see of Jennifer Lawrence.
|9/10||patrick.sullivan@ - 260 reviews|
28.6.2010 - age: 26-35 - 2 replies
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