Balloons on a Bookmark Scientific Evaluation:
Awesome Actors: 5/25
I have to give credit to the main actress, Jennifer Lawrence, who got her start on The Bill Engvall Show. I know who Bill Engvall is (kind of ), but had no idea he had a show.
Easy enough to follow, hard to keep track of the spunky cast of characters.
Ugly Cry: 5/25
The squirrel part didn’t bother me nearly as much as the other part (as depicted on the movie poster).
Visual Appeal: 15/25
I’ve had a certain fondness for the Ozarks ever since I read Where the Red Fern Grows. This movie has little to nothing to do with that book except the location. Winter’s Bone has a pretty bleak look, but it matches the tone of the movie.
Didn’t know anything about it until it appeared as a nominee.
Lingering Thoughts: 8/10
So the part on the lake. I’ve seen enough CSI to have many science-based questions regarding currents and decomposition; however, that part creeped me out enough that I don’t want to revisit the point-by-point details.
Unexpected Expectations: 5/15
Once I watched the trailer and read a few reviews, I was excited; however, it seemed to shout “look at this poverty, upper-middle class America” rather than a story.
Movie Poster: 2/5
There’s no denying the poster is very pretty, but quite deceptive. Just by glancing at it, I thought it was for a movie similar to this one. The movie is much more gritty than ethereal.
General Viewing Experience: 3/5
Started on a Monday night, re-started on a Friday night
Overall Thoughts: 20/45
Great acting, a few interesting characters, not much of a story.