Re: What I just finished watching and what I thought about it (non-anime)
Winter's Bone (2010)
After seeing The Hunger Games, I decided to give this one a try because this was one of Jennifer Lawrence's first films. And she seemed like a really good actress but I wanted to see a different example of one of her movies, and I must say...I enjoyed her in this more than I did in Hunger Games.
First off, the story was pretty good. The girl, Ree (Jennifer Lawrence), living in the "hood" of the South and caring for her two younger siblings and her mute, depressed mother, is suddenly faced with despair when she receives the news that if her drug dealing father does not show up for court, their house will be repossessed and they will be left on the streets. Ree decides to take it upon herself to look for her missing father for the sake of her family, all the while finding herself deeper into a complicated mess. The story is very serious and very realistic, and it is very rounded and well paced all the way through. I felt that the end was just a bit...abrupt, for the lack of a better term, but the story all the way through was very good.
The music...well, there was no background music really xD But the banjo songs used in the film when the characters are singing, or at the beginning and ending credits are very good.
The acting; Very well done. Jennifer Lawrence is very good at depicting the strong female lead that is very tough, and yet has some vulnerabilities too. John Hawkes was very good in this film as well; I've seen him in a lot of comedies, so it was different seeing him in a drama. He was very serious during this film as well, and I must say it was very convincing. The rest of the cast was great as well.
And, that's about it ^^;
Overall, the movie was pretty good. I'd recommend it, it was entertaining, sad and yet very interesting to watch.