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    Vicki Leekx
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    I can’t believe people objectively think Adams was good here. Overacting clearly isn’t her forte. Totally miscast, and dare I say, out of her depth. I’m glad some critics at least aren’t giving her a free pass just because of her name. Someone like Jennifer Jason Leigh in this role might have made it endurable, although the material to work with didn’t allow characters to form. As I drifted in and out I felt like I was watching a sketch show from the early 90s. The less said about Glenn, the better. As I suggested in the supporting actress thread a while ago, my anxiety is confirmed with brutal evidence that she can’t win her Oscar for this stain on her career.

    FYC:

    Andrea Riseborough, Karim Saleh, Possessor/Luxor (Actress, Actor)
    Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, I Care a Lot (Actress, Supporting Actor)
    Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, The Duke (Actor, Supporting Actress)
    Sophia Loren, Abril Zamora, The Life Ahead (Actress, Supporting Actress)
    Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman (Actress)

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    Some people think the reviews have been so savage because the author of the book is a conservative in real life so the reviews have a political bias.

    Ah I get it now. Not knowing any of that, it’s not a bad movie. I felt for JD’s character throughout the whole thing. That last scene he had with his mother? So damn sad.

    And the two actresses really looked like the people their characters are based on.

    I just love movies. And awards.

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    Sasha Stone has been tweeting a lot about the political stuff related to the film:

    It is not surprising that so many on the left are using the film –THE FILM –#HillbillyElegy as yet another way to attack Trump and Trump supporters. It is a FILM.And a story about a guy who escaped a town crippled by poverty and heroin addiction, made something of his life 1/4

    Ordinarily this would be celebrated, regarded as a great success that someone could manage that, as it would be from any other perspective the left approved of. But the hatred is so deep, so profound that it covers everything. 2/4

    You don’t have to kill off art to make a point about politics. And guess what? You don’t have to be a good puritan all of the time and make sure your viewing list is pure and righteous. You are allowed, on occasion, to misbehave by venturing into forbidden worlds. 3/4

    You might hate the movie anyway. You might think the story is “beneath” you. But it’s a true story and a worthy story. I found some catharsis in it, coming from abuse myself. You won the election. Now it’s time to be decent again. After all, is that’s what you fought for? 4/4

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    I just finished watching this…

    Every scene in the film serves to illicit pity from the viewer. It seems Howard and his team were so dead set on their mission to make liberal Hollywood feel sympathetic towards conservative working class folx, that they completely forgot about creating an actual story. The film is also plagued by its intense hero-worship complex of JD Vance. It is nothing short of two hours of masturbation. He is seemingly flawless and adored by all. And of course, the film concludes with the very problematic and untrue messaging that a little “hard work and elbow grease” allows you to overcome all odds.

    The writing and directing are truly painful here. That said, the actors were great. Adams was good and I thought Close was excellent. I think Close could very well eek out a nomination for this.

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    Sasha off her meds again

    FYC: Riz Ahmed + Paul Raci (Sound of Metal)
    Sidney Flanigan (Never Rarely Sometimes Always)
    Youn Yuh-jung (Minari)

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    Sasha Stone has been tweeting a lot about the political stuff related to the film:

    It is not surprising that so many on the left are using the film –THE FILM –#HillbillyElegy as yet another way to attack Trump and Trump supporters. It is a FILM.And a story about a guy who escaped a town crippled by poverty and heroin addiction, made something of his life 1/4

    Ordinarily this would be celebrated, regarded as a great success that someone could manage that, as it would be from any other perspective the left approved of. But the hatred is so deep, so profound that it covers everything. 2/4

    You don’t have to kill off art to make a point about politics. And guess what? You don’t have to be a good puritan all of the time and make sure your viewing list is pure and righteous. You are allowed, on occasion, to misbehave by venturing into forbidden worlds. 3/4

    You might hate the movie anyway. You might think the story is “beneath” you. But it’s a true story and a worthy story. I found some catharsis in it, coming from abuse myself. You won the election. Now it’s time to be decent again. After all, is that’s what you fought for? 4/4

    damn i missed never hearing about what crazy stuff sasha stone was doing. But that almost sounds lucid?

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    That was very bad, what a terrible writing and directing. But after all, did anyone realistically it to be better than it is?

    I thought Amy was uneven in her young scenes, did better in the old scenes. And Glenn was great, weird how characters that look like parodies actually exist in real life, but was the only one I could grow the minimal sympathy in this.

    Anyways, I dont think Netflix will hold many promotion for this now, so this possibly will fade soon.

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    However, this film made me hate The Favourite and Olivia Colman overrating even more cause The Wife was an actually decent film for Glenn to win.

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    Just saw it, it’s a bad film, but it’s not horrendous, like, it’s just a poorly written very basic story, there is nothing adventurous about it, it’s just one of those simple feel good movies about how people achieve things besides having odds against them, i don’t think it’s at the level of the reviews or comments it has because it’s not the worst movie of all time.

    Amy Adams was just too much, she could have done better, but she overdid most of the time, specially on her meltdowns, and it was messy. However, i am happy she finally has a different role, to me she always plays the same things, with the same voices, same tones, same faces, and i finally saw her being a mess.

    Glenn Close was pretty good, the comments saying she was bad or that this film harms her career are absurd, just because she’s not the legendary actress with the legendary role people wanted her to play in this movie does not mean she was bad. The accent was distracting at times, but she had good scenes with different ranges, and at the beginning she even feels really small with very few lines, she looks exactly like the real person and her delivery was really nice, i support the possibility of a nomination.

    With that said, if she were to win she would not be worse than the last three winners, if you’re going to talk about a hammy over the top performance, Janney is right there with her Oscar for you to trash, and Dern and King did nothing in her movies, so Glenn winning would not be the worst thing in the world after three disappointing winners.

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    However, this film made me hate The Favourite and Olivia Colman overrating even more cause The Wife was an actually decent film for Glenn to win.

    Voters voted for the performance they liked more. Don’t get why people liking TF and Olivia’s performance deserve any hate. Close made her own choice in taking on HE even with such a clearly poor script.

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    Sasha Stone has been tweeting a lot about the political stuff related to the film:

    It is not surprising that so many on the left are using the film –THE FILM –#HillbillyElegy as yet another way to attack Trump and Trump supporters. It is a FILM.And a story about a guy who escaped a town crippled by poverty and heroin addiction, made something of his life 1/4

    Ordinarily this would be celebrated, regarded as a great success that someone could manage that, as it would be from any other perspective the left approved of. But the hatred is so deep, so profound that it covers everything. 2/4

    You don’t have to kill off art to make a point about politics. And guess what? You don’t have to be a good puritan all of the time and make sure your viewing list is pure and righteous. You are allowed, on occasion, to misbehave by venturing into forbidden worlds. 3/4

    You might hate the movie anyway. You might think the story is “beneath” you. But it’s a true story and a worthy story. I found some catharsis in it, coming from abuse myself. You won the election. Now it’s time to be decent again. After all, is that’s what you fought for? 4/4

    Wasn’t Sasha pretty pro-Hillary? Is she now a Trump supporter? I don’t really care, but it’s interesting if that is why she is defending this film so much.

    Just finished watching it, it’s not a great film, not terrible. Certainly not as horrendous as the reviews were leaving me to believe it was. Adams was fine, Close was good. Close can still get nominated, although it’s not a certainty and I don’t think she can win.

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    Just saw it, it’s a bad film, but it’s not horrendous, like, it’s just a poorly written very basic story, there is nothing adventurous about it, it’s just one of those simple feel good movies about how people achieve things besides having odds against them, i don’t think it’s at the level of the reviews or comments it has because it’s not the worst movie of all time. Amy Adams was just too much, she could have done better, but she overdid most of the time, specially on her meltdowns, and it was messy. However, i am happy she finally has a different role, to me she always plays the same things, with the same voices, same tones, same faces, and i finally saw her being a mess. Glenn Close was pretty good, the comments saying she was bad or that this film harms her career are absurd, just because she’s not the legendary actress with the legendary role people wanted her to play in this movie does not mean she was bad. The accent was distracting at times, but she had good scenes with different ranges, and at the beginning she even feels really small with very few lines, she looks exactly like the real person and her delivery was really nice, i support the possibility of a nomination. With that said, if she were to win she would not be worse than the last three winners, if you’re going to talk about a hammy over the top performance, Janney is right there with her Oscar for you to trash, and Dern and King did nothing in her movies, so Glenn winning would not be the worst thing in the world after three disappointing winners.

    Hi, love ur comment altho I disagree ab the BSA winners being bad in recent years, but anyway, I felt like the movie really was just trying to say “look how bad my life was” like every scene was truly painful to watch as a viewer. My whole movie experience anyway was a little panic-inducing lol just like incessantly this character is just mauled at by life and it’s painful. But really I think it was directed in a very self-pitying way. And the script is in part to blame, I think. Because the actors all did their jobs. It’s bizarre storytelling and I don’t think it lands, what Howard and team were going for..

    I feel like Amy’s characters’ meltdowns were messy and I’m glad they were. Like, she plays a person who is never in control. And circumstance is in large part the causing factor, but her actions are too of course. And I think that Amy really played the truth in that, and so I think she did the role right. It’s good honest acting what she did, but the story isn’t landing and that’s not her fault.

    I actually have to say, in hindsight from 6 hours ago, Glenn Close was actually excellent in this. There, I said it. I went into it a little dismissive of her, because we had all dubbed it flopegy lol, but she was actually really good. Really nailed this character’s need and the most vulnerable openness of this character in a lot of moments throughout. She would actually be a really good BSA winner with this. I might not be surprised if they still consider her, because it actually is a good performance.

    Edit: this was a more open response, but I wanted to piggyback off ur discourse because it prompted me to reexamine the acting for what it was, particularly with how good Close was.

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    I cannot believe the piss poor takes on the reviews for this… No, “critics” aren’t out for blood because the movie is about poor white southerners. Why wasn’t that a problem for movies like Hell or High Water, or Winter’s Bone? No, “critics” (or “the left” for that matter) aren’t equating the movie with an endorsement of Trump, it’s made by fucking Ron Howard and stars 2 Hollywood (blue country) stalwarts.

    It’s a badly made movie, based on shallow material, and it tries to avoid politics by stripping the original material of literally the only part it was known for. It’s poorly directed, shoddily written, over-acted, and bland.

    FYC:

    Best Director - Lee Isaac Chung (Minari), Darius Marder (Sound of Metal)

    Lead Actor - Delroy Lindo (Da 5 Bloods), Mads Mikkelsen (Another Round), Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal)

    Supporting Actor - Paul Raci (Sound of Metal)

    Supporting Actress - Youn Yuh-jung (Minari)

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    Not only this movie is bad, but it’s also completely sexist. Can’t believe some people are still rooting for Amy Adams for a character the movie has absolutely no respect for and no characterization except being an addicted hysterical loser thats vilified to excuse JD’s poor behavior throughout the whole thing.

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    The roller skating scene is really bad 💀

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