Hillbilly Elegy – Drama
Category – Movie
Content – You would never know that aspiring Yale Law Student JD Vance didn’t have the perfect childhood. Actually, it was FAR from the perfect life. We see JD come to the aid of his heroine overdosed mother, and while we watch him deal with his mother Bev, he reminisces about his childhood at the same time. Born from Kentucky blood, his grandma Mamaw moved from Kentucky to Ohio to try and give her family a better life. But the brutality of drugs and abuse is not state side, it follows the family to Ohio. We see JD deal with aggression and drugs from his mother and then a brutally strict mindset from his Mamaw. But this strictness is what made JD push forward to become a better student and teenager. And obviously he succeeds to become a Yale Law Student, which is no easy task. Based on the real life book by JD Vance, this movie shows you one hillbilly style lifestyle that turns into one of the best success stories I’ve ever seen. I enjoy true stories, and director Ron Howard did an exceptional job making this real life story come to light. This scores a 8 out of 10.
Acting – Amy Adams does knock it out of the park in this movie as Bev. She is as confident as she is messed up, and I’ve honestly never heard Ms. Adams drop the F Bomb as much as she does in this movie. Outstanding performance. And with some special effects, I barely recognized Glenn Close! In an interview I watched, one of Amy’s friends on set actually said “They are letting some old lady smoke on set!” That is how much Glenn resembled Mamaw. Her acting is always on par, she is truly a legend. Then you have JD, played by Gabriel Basso as an adult and Owen Asztalos as a young adolescent. Both portrayed the character with ease and professionalism. With such good acting, this film is definitely one to watch! Score is 9 out of 10.
Duration – 1 hr 56 mins. While this film caps out at almost the 2 hour mark, the story is gripping and at times extremely tumultuous, so there is never a low point in the movie. You are never bored and never dissatisfied. This gets a 8.5 out of 10.
TOTAL INDEX for Hillbilly Elegy – 25.5 out of 30.
Recommended Watch – Even though the F Bomb is dropped an awful lot, that is what JD’s childhood was like. This true story is definitely one to watch!
OSCAR BUZZ – Amy Adams could easily get a Best Actress Nom for this one. And I think Glenn Close could just as easily get Best Supporting. Both did an exceptional job on their performances. I could even see Ron Howard get his Best Directing…I guess time will tell!