I'm having a hard time with this one. I could simply say it's got great performances, some affecting scenes, but ultimately conforms to all the feel-good beats you expect of it. But there's an attempt to articulate a wrong-headed philosophy that derailed the movie for me. The narrative celebrates individualism at the expense of community in a way that left me with a sour taste in my mouth. Your mileage may vary.
First of all, Glenn Close is amazing in this part and she really does deserve that Oscar nod. Awkward situation for her, to be nominated for an Oscar and for those stupid Razzie awards, for the same role. Amy Adams with her usual good effort. The whole movie is not that bad and i think that Ron Howard did a decent job in portraying this dysfunctional family. 6.75
When critics let their political views cloud their judgement about films, it is ultimately the cinema that suffers. There seems to be a different standard when it comes to films that don't conform to their ideology. Make no mistake, Hillbilly Elegy is not a great movie but it is not the disaster the left made it out to be. It's certainly no worse than other schmaltzy Oscar bait films...
2,5 Richie Cunningham fallisce nell'inserire la trama familiare nel contesto della Storia. Nessuno chiede a Ron Howard un film à la Andrea Arnold, ma la pulizia della regia non ha sottotesto, sembra esistere solo il tema ricorsivo del fallimento del rehab, salvato solo dall'interpretazione delle due protagoniste, . Amy Adams offre una tra le sue migliori interpretazioni di sempre.
This film is definitely elevated by the acting: Close is solid as always, and Adams delivers the best performance of her career so far. But, much like the book, I didn't find Vance's story all that interesting. It doesn't have anything unique or insightful to say about drug addiction or family dysfunction, and simplifies and smooths much of the edge of the book...which is honestly what I expected from Ron Howard.