Holy crap this movie is incredible. Set in the Ozarks, this movie tells the story of a girl who tries to save her younger siblings from the threat of losing their house. In a film noir-esque detective story, leading lady Ree Dolly searches for her criminal father and works her way through a slew of frightening and believable characters. Based on the book by the same name, the story explores the interesting and somewhat terrifying culture of the poverty stricken Appalachian Mountains and the meth cooking culture that sometimes resides there.
First of all, the way that Debra Granik, the director, portrays the culture in this region is phenomenal. Everything from the lens filters, camera angles, and spot on set decoration is perfection. Not to mention Jennifer Lawrence’s breathtaking performance as Ree Dolly. John Hawkes also shines as dark and twisted uncle Teardrop.
The film wasn’t nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress (Lawrence), and Best Supporting Actor (Hawkes) for nothing.
This baby is on Netflix Instant Watch currently, I strongly suggest you go watch it!