Hillbilly Elegy (2020)


“I don’t care you hate me. I ain’t in it for popularity. You gotta take care of business, go to school, get good grades to even have a chance.” – Mamaw

Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Nov 2020)

Brief Synopsis – An aspiring law student must return to his rural upbringing when his mother’s drug obsession interferes with his ability to get a summer internship at a prestigious law firm.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about a few months ago, but had no clue what it was all about.

They actually are able to give us a very enjoyable and effective story here.

The cast is great and they all helps make us truly believe that these are real people in realistic situations.

Glenn Close stands out among everyone else as the matriarch of this family who will do all she can to make sure they all get the most out of life.

I will not be surprised if she is able to garner some award nomination, if not wins for her performance here.

They find a way to show the kind of lifestyle lived by certain Mid-Western clans and depicts the advantages and disadvantages of this kind of lifestyle.

Certain aspects of the film are a bit too predictable which takes away slightly from things despite the fact that the story itself has numerous moments where the cast and story shine through.

The message of this film is quite clear and they manage to steer clear of being too preachy in all that they do.

Ron Howard does a great job directing this film and despite the fact that the way that the story jumps around n time is a bit jarring, he is able to make things feel even more meaningful the whole way through.

Bottom Line – Great story that works so well. The cast quite effective in depicting these characters and Close really stands out both physically and poignantly as the main character’s opinionated grandmother. The story is able to show the kind of lifestyle that is lived by certain familial clans in the Mid-West and really allows the viewer a chance to see how they lived. The story itself is a bit too predictable in certain aspects yet still is effective in all that it tries to do.  The film’s message is clear and remains powerful without feeling too preachy throughout. Howard does a nice job directing this film and the way that the story jumps back and forth in time is slightly jarring yet helps make things more meaningful. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Original author J.D. Vance’s family were on set from time to time and Glenn Close has said that she was gratified to see one of his brothers break into tears while he watched her capture the essence of their mother’s character in one particular scene. After that experience, Glenn knew she’d nailed it. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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