A movie review of Winter’s Bone
“Some of our blood is at least the same ain’t that supposed to mean something? In’t that what is always said?” asked Ree Dolly as she pleaded for help from her relatives to find her missing father. 17 year old Ree Dolly, played by Jenifer Lawrence, is trying to save her home and keep her family together. To do that she must find her absent, meth-cooking, father who was recently released from jail. If he does not make it to his court date the bail bondsmen will take her family’s home and property; leaving her disabled mother, her two younger siblings, and herself homeless. They are barely making it by as is, dependent on the kindness of their neighbors and friends to help them out in hard times.
Ree travels the countryside asking the whereabouts of her missing father, Jessup Dolly, as she asks relative after relative she is met with the same response; leave it alone and forget about it. However, she cannot just leave it alone, without him, her family will be evicted. Treading on thin ice she visits distant relatives who she feels may know something about his location, she is warned to leave it alone and never come back. Determined to talk to the patriarch …show more content…
This would seem like the case when viewing the scenery and people of Winter’s Bone. Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter's Bone, based his book around his hometown of West Plains, Missouri. The movie adaptation of the book was filmed in the beautiful yet bleak areas of Taney and Christian counties, in southern Missouri. Where dirt yards are littered with discarded tires, trash, and appliances. Where it is not uncommon to see broke down vehicles and abandon trailers amongst the yard decorations of the thrown together shacks. The twangy country, blue grass, and old time gospel music also set the scene of a backwoods hillbilly