“I’m sorry for an America in ruins”: Here’s the new Netflix super movie
Amy Adams and Glenn Close are two of the main characters in this Ron Howard production. It’s based on a real story.
The film is 1h56 long.
“Hillbilly Elegy” was released in June 2016. It is a memoir that tells the story he explained of JD Vance – a promising Yale law student who came from a lower class family in deep America. in Kentucky.
The work became very popular in the United States when Donald Trump was elected President a few months later. JD Vance’s book was used as an example to understand the context and mentality that led so many white families from the lower strata of the inland and rural states to run for an elite millionaire and an inexperienced social figure be right.
So “Hillbilly Elegy” became a bestseller in the US and came into the hands of Ron Howard, a prolific filmmaker named “A Brilliant Mind” or “Apollo 13”, who decided to adapt the story to the cinema. Interestingly, the movie doesn’t arrive until after Joe Biden wins the presidential election – it premiered on Netflix on Tuesday, November 24th.
In “Lamentation of a America in Ruins” – the Portuguese translation of the new film – we followed the life of JD Vance, both in his childhood, in the late 90s, and during his college days (he also became a member of the Marines). The narrative moves back and forth.
JD (Gabriel Basso) is a fish out of water at this Ivy League college that is mostly attended by social and economic elites. Trying to adjust to his new life when he is called home from Ohio when his mother overdoses heroin.
Bev (played by Amy Adams) is an unstable, negligent drug addict who can either have a quiet and empathetic moment or follow an impulsive anger. To make up for this, JD always felt close to his grandmother Bonnie (Glenn Close), whom the protagonist lovingly calls Mamaw.
Bonnie is tough, threatening, and curses all the time, but at the same time she gives wise (albeit simple) advice and helps JD deal with the various issues. It was around this that JD grew up and somehow got rid of him when he managed to study for Yale.
The book never intended to focus on politics, but instead made a firsthand portrait of the white American working class – of someone who was already on the outside (JD now works in finance) but knew that reality well.
Finally, JD Vance says that some of the traits that characterize these communities – distrust of others, opposition to authority, or devotion to family – make modern American society difficult to deal with.
If it is undeniable that the topic is relevant for a number of reasons, the technical reviewer has pointed out many shortcomings in this film – particularly with regard to the material that led to its production and what could have been done.
Amy Adams and Glenn Close, actresses who have proven time and again to be talented, are referred to as cartoons by various American media outlets – they are caricatures of those stereotypes rather than actresses who really embody these people. Although its characterization is remarkable.
At the same time, many critics say the film is condescending to these people, even if it tries to honor them in some way. The Vances are portrayed as a representative family – but that can oversimplify the overall context presented here.
In addition to the three main actors, the cast includes Haley Bennett, Freida Pinto, Bo Hopkins, Owen Asztalos, Jesse C. Boyd, Stephen Kunken, Keong Sim and Morgan Gao.