The odds are in her favour

Wednesday, 11 April, 2012

Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone won the Best Picture award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. Much of the credit for the prize went to Jennifer Lawrence for her portrayal of Ree Dolly, a seventeen-year-old in the Ozark Mountains who cares for her mentally ill mother and her younger brother and sister. David Denby, writing in The New Yorker, said “the movie would be unimaginable with anyone less charismatic playing Ree.”

After watching her performance in The Hunger Games, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote: “Lawrence reveals a physical and emotional grace that’s astonishing. Give her the deed, because she owns this movie. It’s not just that Katniss makes Twilight‘s Bella Swan look like the wimp she is, it’s that Lawrence, 21, is an acting dynamo with the skills to let us into Katniss’ searching mind. She’s just as affecting this time, lending primal force to this dystopian fable of a society out of sync with human values.”

Katniss Everdeen, Caesar Flickerman, Seneca Crane, Effie Trinket, Haymitch Abernathy, Peeta Mellark… Great names, great characters, great film. May the film odds be ever in their favour.

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