‘Winter’s Bone’ trailer and poster

Posted by · 9:09 am · May 3rd, 2010

I caught Debra Granik’s “Winter’s Bone” just after Sundance and have little to say about it, really.  In some ways it’s distilled backwoods platitude, but no one can argue against Jennifer Lawrence’s considerable talent (a bandwagon I’ve been on since Guillermo Arriaga’s “The Burning Plain”).  Still, as I Tweeted recently, I’ll be confused when those who dismissed “Precious” as cliché rally around this as profound.

Anyway, a lovely new poster has been released.  Check it out below, along with the new trailer after the jump.

“Winter’s Bone” opens in limited release June 11.

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  • 1 5-03-2010 at 9:20 am

    Melissa said...

    Still, as I Tweeted recently, I’ll be confused when those who dismissed “Precious” as cliché rally around this as profound.

    It’s bound to happen. When People dismissed Ray because of it’s standard biopic structure, these same people championed Walk The Line. But we’re not going to play the race card. How dare we! Race has nothing to do with it. RIGHT.

  • 2 5-03-2010 at 9:35 am

    JJ said...

    Why does this not look all that amazing to me?

  • 3 5-03-2010 at 10:08 am

    Ryan Adams said...

    “I’ll be confused when those who dismissed Precious as cliché rally around this as profound.”

    How about those of us who might dismiss Precious as vulgar but rally around Winter’s Bone as poetic?

  • 4 5-03-2010 at 10:36 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    That’s solid enough footing for a debate, I suppose.

  • 5 5-03-2010 at 10:48 am

    Ryan Adams said...

    I’m sure the last thing you want on your first day back from sabbatical is a debate, Kris, and I’m not trying to start one.

    Just saying, for me, Precious and Winter’s Bone are mountains apart from each other in tone, theme and intent, and pitting them against each other on the basis of “cliché” would seem to be one of the least significant means of comparison.

    I’m a backwoods boy myself, and Winter’s Bone felt thoroughly authentic to me.

  • 6 5-03-2010 at 12:14 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I’ve never had a problem with a debate.

    I found it overly embossed some things. I bring up Precious because it was accused of being cliched, when in fact, it subverted cliche by being abstract. Winter’s Bone, on the other hand, has a strained sincerity to it that comes off more like something trying to be authentic than something that actually rings true.

  • 7 5-03-2010 at 2:09 pm

    Ryan Adams said...

    I agree with you that Precious was anything but cliché. That’s why I couldn’t understand the defense and counterattack. I have plenty of problems with Precious but banality wasn’t part of it.

    I could list a dozen things about Precious that didn’t ring true for me, but then I’d be doing what I’m trying to call into question: comparing two movies that have nothing to do with each other.

    Can’t agree with you about Winter’s Bone feeling forced or false and that’s why debate isn’t even an option.

    When Kris and I get our talk show it won’t be called Crossfire. It’ll be called Impasse. Tune in if you enjoy seeing two guys stubbornly glare at each other.

  • 8 5-03-2010 at 2:42 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    More like Winter’s Bore

  • 9 5-03-2010 at 5:38 pm

    linaf said...

    I dont have faith this will be remembered at the end of the year. The buzz is quite weak so far.

    Maybe is just me.

  • 10 5-03-2010 at 6:10 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    I haven’t seen Winter’s Bone yet, so I can’t say whether or not you’re right about it being “backwoods platitude,” but I will go ahead and second Ryan’s contention that “cliché” was the LEAST of Precious’ problems.

  • 11 5-03-2010 at 6:29 pm

    Danny King said...

    I find your comparison to “Precious” an interesting one because you were very enthusiastic about that film (I believe it was in your top ten), but seem much less supportive of this one. Did you have more trouble dealing with the cliches of this film?

  • 12 5-03-2010 at 7:45 pm

    Frank Lee said...

    Jennifer Lawrence looks like yet another self-righteous snooze, like most of the actresses on television dramas.

  • 13 5-04-2010 at 12:05 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    See the performance before making such statements, Frank — it’s terse, tightly wound work. Nothing self-righteous or self-aggrandizing about it, whatever your take on the film.

    For the sake of balance, allow me to link back to my rather more enthusiastic assessment of the film from Berlin:


    Aside from the fact that both films centre on put-upon teenaged girls, however, I don’t see any commonalities with “Precious,” for better or worse.

  • 14 5-05-2010 at 12:38 pm

    McAllister said...

    I saw it at the Atlanta Film Festival and liked the film. I definitely liked Jennifer Lawrence. I can see her potentially doing well at awards season… the film maybe not as much.