Twitter Divided Over New Trailer For Netflix Movie ‘Hillbilly Elegy’

by Thad Mitchell
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New Ron Howard film “Hillbilly Elegy” will hit Netflix in late November but the movie’s trailer has movie buffs talking.

The film is based on a 2016 book of the same name by J.D. Vance and stars Glenn Close and Amy Adams as J.D.’s Grandmother and Mother.

The Netflix movie synopsis says the film is based on Vance’s memoirs and recollection of his youth.

“J.D. Vance, a former Marine from southern Ohio and current Yale Law student is on the verge of landing his dream job when a family crisis forces him to return to the home he’s tried to forget,” the Synopsis says. “J.D. must navigate the complex dynamics of his Appalachian family, including his volatile relationship with his mother Bev (Adams), who’s struggling with addiction. Fueled by memories of his grandmother Mamaw (Close), the resilient and whip-smart woman who raised him, J.D. comes to embrace his family’s indelible imprint on his own personal journey.”

Netflix officials go on to describe the movie as “a powerful personal memoir that offers a window into one family’s personal journey of survival and triumph. By following three colorful generations through their unique struggles, J.D.’s family story explores the highs and lows that define his family’s experience.”

The movie’s trailer was released on Wednesday and has drawn both support and criticism from social media users.

Howard Talks Hillbilly Elegy

Ron Howard, the film’s director, tweets that the film was a pleasure to make due to superb work from film professionals.

“This film has been an extraordinary and personal filmmaking experience,” Howard writes. “Amazing performances in front of the camera and wonderful work in all departments.”

Others took to social media to criticize both the movie and the book it is based on.

“I’ve heard there’s a Hillbilly Elegy trailer,” one Tweeter says. “It’s a good day to remember that J.D. Vance is a hedge fund millionaire who has never lived in Appalachia.”

The movie is set to hit Netflix on November 24.

H/T: Los Angeles Times