Hillbilly Elegy Review by Sputnik

An urgent phone call pulls a Yale Law student back to his Ohio hometown, where he reflects on three generations of family history and his own future. The movie is based on the 2016 memoir of the same name by J. D. Vance.

The movie is filled with so many excellent scenes like the scene where Bev starts acting crazy while driving or the scene where Mamaw scolds J.D for stealing or the scene where Bev is trying to inject Heroin in the motel or the scene where Mamaw lights her husband on fire. The best scene of the movie is the scene where Bev breaks down on the street after her father’s death.

Gabriel Basso is good as J.D. Amy Adams is excellent as Bev, J.D’s mother. This is her career best performance and she will definitely be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress and should win too. Glenn Close is excellent as Mamaw, J.D’s grandmother. She will definitely be nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and should win too. Both Amy Adams and Glenn Close have been brilliant actresses and its high time that they win a Oscar. Owen Asztalos is good as the young J.D. Haley Bennett is very good as Lindsay, J.D.’s sister. Freida Pinto is good as Usha, J.D’s Indian girlfriend. Bo Hopkins is ok as Papaw Vance in a small role.

Ron Howard’s direction is good but the non linear screenplay by Vanessa Taylor could have been better. There is too much back and forth between the present and the past. The movie doesn’t really go into the reason why Bev is so troubled though it hints at it. The movie isn’t perfect but have read that its being blasted by the critics who have their own political agenda. The movie is still worth a watch for the brilliant performances from Amy Adams and Glenn Close.

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