This week’s movie club selection was Winter’s Bone. Holy crap was that dark.
I went into this not knowing much about the movie other than that it had been nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Jennifer Lawrence as Best Actress. And now I understand why. It was one of the saddest movies I’ve seen in ages, and I was nervous pretty much the whole time. With most movies you have a pretty good idea how they’re going to turn out, or at least you know what you want to have happen. This time, there was really no way they were going to get a happy ending, so it was hard to decide just how I wanted things to turn out. In the end, I guess they got the best resolution possible, but it was still heartbreaking. Damn. Jennifer Lawrence was amazing as Ree (and there are definite parallels between this character and Katniss in The Hunger Games; I can totally see why they cast her).
I’m still trying to process the movie, so I’ll leave the discussion pretty open. There’s a lot to talk about, but my brain just isn’t letting me form coherent questions.
Also, we had planned to have a crossover with the book club this weekend, but the lovely Slay Belle had something come up unexpectedly and I was swamped and didn’t actually have a chance to read it. If any of y’all read it and would like to discuss, just go ahead and comment on this post as well. The movie club will meet next on September 7, when we’ll be discussing Whale Rider. I absolutely loved that movie when I first saw it years ago and can’t wait to see it again!