Saturday night I sunk into the blue recliner, tucked myself under the red velor throw blanket, set my bowl of popcorn on my lap and my glass of Strawberry-Banana Fruit Smoothie Splash V8 juice on the side table.
I was set for a long evening in front of the screen watching The Social Network and Winter's Bone with my husband and the fur babies, Oliver and Gizmo, lap kitty and lap dog, respectively.
Just 30 minutes into The Social Network, the disc froze. Aaron tried cleaning into to no avail. Thanks a lot, Netflix! I was disappointed since this meant I wouldn't get a chance to finish the movie before the Oscars, but I wasn't engrossed in the film. It's hard to enjoy a film with such an unlikable main character. Was Mark Zuckerberg a total dick, or what?
Frustrated, we moved onto Winter's Bone. Honestly, I really didn't know much of anything about this film. And, I didn't realize that in the film, Jennifer Lawrence looks so very much like my friend Amanda's little sister, Katie. The three of them could be sisters, with Jennifer and Katie as twins. Uncanny, and a bit distracting at first since the movie begins very slowly.
Lawrence plays Ree, a 17-year-old Ozark Mountain girl from a rough, meth-selling family. Ree takes care of her two younger siblings and depressed, shell of a mother. Her father put their home and land up as bond, but he's missing. If he doesn't show for his court date, her family will lose their home. Ree goes "huntin" for her father, trying to track him down through her extended, lawless family. No one wants her sniffing around, but she's determined to uncover the truth about her father, despite threats of physical harm.
Winter's Bone is raw and bleak. It opens your eyes to the real poverty Americans live through every day in the rural Missouri mountains. Ree teaches her young siblings to shoot squirrel for dinner. They have nothing else. Her family is vicious and hateful. They are like a mob family -- the poorest, trashiest mob family to ever live. The movie will haunt you. It aims to.