Wednesday, December 30

Movie Review: Winter in the Blood (2014)

Length: 1 hr & 45 mins
Released: 2014
Genre: Drama
Rating: N/A (I would say def a PG-13)
Where I Got It: On Netflix


Virgil First Raise wakes with a shiner and a hangover in a roadside ditch on the stark but beautiful plains of Montana. As he rises to face the day he sees a vision of his father lying dead at his feet. Impossible-- his father froze to death in a snowdrift years earlier. Virgil returns home to find that his wife, Agnes, has left him. Worse, she's taken his electric razor and his beloved rifle. Virgil sets out to find her-- beginning a hi-line odyssey of inebriated encounters, sexual skirmishes, and improbable cloak-and-dagger intrigues with the mysterious 'Airplane Man'.


I simply adored the book and I loved the cast they picked for this film, so yes...I have been itching to see this movie what seems like years (actually...I think it has been years since they first announced they were making the film)!! It’s been a long time coming and I couldn’t find any cinemas near me that were playing this film, so I had to wait until it went to Netflix or DVD. It finally arrived on Netflix a while back during big scary classes that I had limited free time. This movie has been eluding me for so long!! 

Was the wait worth the time? YES, YES, and more yes! I adored this film!! It certainly did right by the book for sure. 

There were a few slow spots, but the rest of the film made up for those tiny hiccup moments. 

The acting was fabulous, the screen-writing was on key, and the costumes fit the location/time period. Okay…I am biased, because I am a huge Chaske Spencer fan. Hahaha can’t help myself. ^_^

This is a movie that is quiet, but filled with such drama. Poor Virgil. Was he a great man? No, he is extremely flawed and sometimes plays the anti-hero in the film. That is why I like the story…he is no hero, just a man trying to live his life and get over his past. WHICH, in the book the character was unnamed, but I am glad they named him in the film. Virgil is a perfect name for this character. Pretty ironic and symbolic. Fantastic name choice. 
But it sure did make me feel feelings and made me want to reread the book really bad. I also want to re-watch it!! THE FEEEEEEEELLLLLLSSSSSS!

I can’t say much else without giving away major spoilers. 

I do recommend reading the book first and then watching, but it really doesn’t matter since the filmmakers did a lovely job with making it follow the book pretty well.

In the end, this was a good film…it meet all my expectations and I am happy! The wait was totally worth it. I highly recommend it to everyone who likes a book/movie that makes them think, but also watch a man find his way through the darkness of life. Out of five stars, I stamp this with 5 stars. 

Just one more pic and I will be content....

Re-watch?: YES, YES! I am actually itching to watch and reread!


Anachronist said...

A nice one - I might watch it myself!

Blodeuedd said...

Ehhhh dunno

Happy new year!

Melliane said...

I didn't know about this one but it's great to see you loved the book and the movie!

Carole Rae said...

Ana, it was good.


Melliane, :)