Number of Times Seen – 2 (28 Nov 2010 and 15 Nov 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A teenager living in the Kentucky mountains tries to keep her family together as she searches for her lost father before the courts take away their house.
My Take on it – This is a film that is pretty good, but I still think is overrated.
The story itself is a very simple one, but due to the way it was made, we get a fuller, more complete feeling than there really should be.
The cinematography and production design transport us into the rural mountains of middle America and it gives us a more majestic feeling of it all.
I’m still not convinced that this film really deserved a Best Picture Nominee because it doesn’t impact us as much as one would probably expect from one of the best films of the year.
This film is in actuality a showcase of Jennifer Lawrence’s talent and the film’s success is all due to her acting here.
Her character is quite unique and she makes us understand the lengths she will go to protect her family no matter the cost.
Again, she deserved the Best Actress nomination, but I think they went a bit too far with giving the film a slot as one of the Best of the year.
Bottom Line – Lawrence is great in this film and it showcases her talent. The story is quite a simple one, but the cinematography and production design make it feel so rich and majestic. Despite liking it, I’m not sure this was deserving of a Best Picture nominee because it’s all Lawrence who makes this work so well. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sergeant Russell Schalk, who played the Army recruiter, is a real-life recruiter and combat veteran of the 1st Cavalry Division. Jennifer Lawrence asked him questions in character, and he responded as if he were talking to an actual recruit. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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