Want to Win But Won’t Award: Winter’s Bone
-I saw this movie alone. Perhaps this was the reason I fell in love with it. Ree Dolly (played by Jennifer Lawrence) is a girl on her own. Her mother is a little crazy. And her father? Well, he leaves Ree in quite a bind when he doesn’t show up for his court hearing. Somehow the 17 year-old Ree must find her missing father or risk loosing the only thing of value the Dolly family owns—their home.
I left the theater and quietly walked home after seeing it. It wasn’t until later, under the safety of my blankets that I cried for Ree. This movie is slow to impact, but that’s what made me fall in love with it. The use of color (or technically, the lack thereof) blew me away. Who knew that the Appalachian mountains were such a desolate place?
While Winter’s Bone will not be taking home the Academy Award for Best Picture this Sunday, I certainly was glad it got a nomination. People have been saying that The Social Network will be the clear victor due to its relevancy, but to that I have a question to pose: What about unemployment/poverty in the United States? Perhaps this issue is not as ingrained into the lives of every American as closely as Facebook is, but it is an interesting issue to raise nonetheless.
“Never ask for what oughta be offered.” -Ree
Photo from here.