One of Netflix’s most anticipated productions, the drama “ Once Upon a Dream ” (“ Hillbilly Elegy ”), starring Amy Adams and Glenn Close, is now available on the streaming platform and surprised by its very low approval rating, bitter only 25%. approval on rotten tomatoes.
Receiving strong criticism from the trade press, the feature film – which aimed for a daring run at the 2021 prices – disappointed because it was melodramatic, soft and shallow.
Reviews also point out that the production has no substance and is even a combination of excessive elements that do not contribute to the development of the plot and its characters.
Discover the main opinions of the moment:
“The movie is like a bundle of different chicken parts, which cannot be put together into something that looks like the shape of a real animal – there are a lot of things, while some essentials are missing altogether.” – Alison Willmore, New York Magazine / Vautour
“Once upon a time a dream not as terrible as the trailers show, but as a business it is just plain sad, a movie that woos the sympathy of its characters, but ends up being one. requiem for itself “. – Stéphanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine
“Theoretically, those roles would be interesting for Adams and Close, but even with these stars going wild, the conversations about the broader cultural and economic challenges the book sparked are clouded by what feels like a lifetime movie.” – Brian Lowry, CNN.com
“The best thing I can say about this film is also the most striking, given Mawmaw’s proud indifference to the opinions anyone might have of her. It is respectable ”. – AO Scott, New York Times
“In the book, Mamaw de Vance had at least one complexity, a bad mother born of others. Howard smoothes her and softens her so much, that she is nothing more than a recipient of classic aggressive love. – Danny Leigh, Financial Times
“Here’s a rare example of a prestigious Netflix movie that doesn’t last long, without forcing the bar to be too long.” – James Berardinelli, ReelViews
Discover the images of the drama:
HILLBILLY ELEGY: (left to right) Glenn Close (“Mamaw”), Amy Adams (“Bev”). Photo Cr. Lacey Terrell / NETFLIX © 2020HILLBILLY ELEGY: Glenn Close (“Mamaw”). Photo Cr. Lacey Terrell / NETFLIX © 2020HILLBILLY ELEGY: Amy Adams (“Bev”). Photo Cr. Lacey Terrell / NETFLIX © 2020
The film is directed by Oscar winner Ron Howard and based on the memoir of JD Vance.
A former law and navy student, young JD Vance (Gabriel Basso) sees his dream of getting the perfect job interrupted by a family crisis that forces him to return to the city where he was born and face the complex dynamics of his Appalachian family. and the difficult relationship with his mother (Adams). With vivid memories of his grandmother who created him (Close), JD embarks on a journey of self-knowledge and acceptance of the influences of his origins in his life.
Haley Bennett, Freida Pinto, Bo Hopkins and Owen Asztalos are also part of the cast.
Vanessa Taylor (“The Shape of Water”) will be the screenwriter. Howard, Brian Grazer and Karen Lunder will be the producers. The film’s budget is around $ 45 million which is considered low in the film industry.
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