A chillingly authentic drama (almost a detective film or neo-noir) set in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri with the Missouri Waltz sung in the opening
The beginning of Jennifer Lawrence’s film career- not her debut but her coming out (and first of four Oscar noms in the 2010’s) and she’s superb as Ree—courageous, honorable (teaching her siblings to cook, shoot, spell, do math, survive) —spitting and bloodied.
It’s almost like a rural Chinatown or The Big Lebowski– a detective film- the premise is set (if you don’t find your dad you lose the house) and she’s off mixing it up with dangerous and memorable characters (none more so than the spectacular (and never better) John Hawkes as Teardrop- her coke-sniffing uncle.
Verbage—authentic- “the law” and accents- realism. Squirrel hunting, satellite dishes, meth, hoarding in the mise-en-scene— looks like American Pickers with the on-location shooting—junkyards.
Its almost like the Mafia- everyone is tribal, or part of the family—love the female bodyguards of Thump and his gang—especially Dale Dickey—she’s really good so good her and many in the cast made me ask are they actors? And in a good way. The meeting between Hawkes and Thump is like The Don meeting with Tattaglia or Barzini in The Godfather– haha
A really bad weird squirrel black and white dream that is just poor film form