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Director:  Ron Howard

Starring:  Glenn Close, Amy Adams, Gabriel Basso, Haley Bennett,  Freida Pinto, Bo Hopkins & Owen Asztalos

Running Time:  117 minutes

Release Date:  Streaming On Netflix Tuesday, November 24

| Film Synopsis |

J.D. Vance (Gabriel Basso), a former Marine from southern Ohio and current Yale Law student, is on the verge of landing his dream job when a family crisis forces him to return to the home he’s tried to forget. J.D. must navigate the complex dynamics of his Appalachian family, including his volatile relationship with his mother Bev (Amy Adams), who’s struggling with addiction. Fueled by memories of his grandmother Mamaw (Glenn Close), the resilient and whip-smart woman who raised him, J.D. comes to embrace his family’s indelible imprint on his own personal journey.

| Review |

Summary (out of 5)

Based on a memoir by former Marine and Yale Law student J.D. Vance, 'Hillbilly Elegy' is the story of Vance’s family, who live in southern Ohio.

In the film adaptation it focuses on both Vance’s childhood (Owen Asztalos) and his formative years as an adult (Gabriel Basso). It emphasizes the impact of  his life with his troubled, drug-addicted mother Bev (Amy Adams) and his stern, no-nonsense, foul-mouthed grandmother Mamaw (Glenn Close).

Amy Adams, a six-time Oscar nominee,  proves why she is one of the best actresses of our time. Bev who is dealing with many personal struggles, whether it is being a parent or her addiction to drugs. Absolutely her best performances of her career. Glenn Close’s performance shows a strong woman who secretly has compassion toward her grandson Vance.  One of the memorable scenes  is when the young Vance complains that he can’t do his math homework without a $84 calculator. After grandma buys it for him, he throws it out the car window during an argument driving home. Grandma kicks him out of the car and tells him he can’t come home without it.   Both actresses battle it out in their best performances in their career.

 

Written by Vanessa Taylor (The Shape of Water) and directed by Ron Howard (Apollo 13A Beautiful Mind). 

 

This movie tells a simple story that gives us  inspiration of survival, success and sorrow. With great performances all round, I would recommend this movie. ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ will be streaming via Netflix on November 24th.