Monday, June 18, 2012

It Isn't Often...

...that a major star bursts onto the silver screen seemingly from nowhere. Which was one of the reasons Jennifer Lawrence, the incredibly magnetic young actress who played Katniss Everdeen, protagonist of The Hunger Games, stunned the world of cinema as she did.

But Miss Lawrence didn't come from nowhere.

Her first starring role, in Winter's Bone, a tale of a dirt-poor Missouri family struggling to survive in the absence of its no-account head-of-household, got very little notice, either critically or from audiences. Small wonder: It's an exceptionally grim, unglamorous story -- but Jennifer Lawrence, playing the 17-year-old Ree Dolly, is just as incandescent as in her better known role in the blockbuster made from Suzanne Collins's novel.

Highly recommended.

3 comments:

dakotas5 said...

Winter's Bone is fantastic if you know anything about life in the Ozarks. One of the best films on life in the backwoods I've seen.

Anonymous said...

I reluctantly saw Hunger Games and it was not bad. Not my kind of movie but not bad. The star was pretty good. But even in movies I really enjoy and even movie stars I really like I never think of them as "stunning" or genius oranything more then entertaining. Usually their single biggest talent is having had attractive parents. I simply don't get the acclaim or praise for "actors". Why? Every human in the world can "act" and many of them better then famous stars. Except for being star struck what is the big deal?

Daniel K Day said...

I saw Winter's Bone last Christmas vacation and have been recommending it. Actually, it did get critical notice.