Last night I finally watched that film which has generated oh so much awe and acclaim: Winter’s Bone. I was expecting it to be really good, a true “Southern Gothic” masterpiece like Billy Bob Thornton’s Chrystal. And Deadwood alums Garret Dillahunt and John Hawkes were in it, so I thought it just had to be good.
Wow, was I ever wrong.
I could barely keep my eyes open through this atrociously boring, dragging, tedious piece of yak. There was absolutely zero tension in the film; I was not motivated by either acting charisma or writing talent to feel the slightest bit of interest in Ree’s quest to find her father.
The plot was totally disjointed and felt sloppily put together. In fact, I can’t even really remember what it was, and that is saying something because I tend to remember the plots of movies very clearly after I’ve seen them.
Yes, it was “atmospheric.” But this alone cannot save a film.
The film’s one good point was that it had very little music (I feel that music is greatly overused in movies and that less is almost always more, as in Dog Day Afternoon, unless the director is someone like Paul Thomas Anderson who can weave it into the film flawlessly.)
In conclusion…ugh, what a waste of time.
Anyone else feel this way?
(Oh…and, by the way - a dickwater high school in the Ozarks has M-14 rifles for their JROTC drill? Really?)