Forged is a beautifully shot work of art. The cinematography in Forged gripped me and the plot's suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. The music is well-appointed, the acting is spot-on, and the script is great. I think I've watched everything, or mostly everything, that director William Wedig has done over the last 10 years or so. Forged is an obvious growth on his part, a pointedly hard-hitting film carrying the production values respected in mainstream media while pairing those qualities with his indie sensibilities. It's a wonderful movie, showcasing Scranton's desolate winter scenes, which reflect the emotion desolation of the characters. More importantly, it dives deep into themes that remind me of Tolstoy or Franzen... complicated personal stories, the ambiguity of right and wrong, and the intricate interweaving experienced among people in families and small towns everywhere.