'Hillbilly Elegy' Review: Episodic Melodrama Before It Finally Gets Better

The attacks on director Ron Howard's Hillbilly Elegy from our country's provincial and intolerant elites make little sense and only expose their own bigotries and close minds. The problem with the movie is not its politics -- it's hardly political, nor is there anything untoward about a sympathetic portrayal of America's white working class. My problem with Hillbilly Elegy is solely a storytelling one.

'Hillbilly Elegy' Review: Episodic Melodrama Before It Finally Gets Better
The attacks on director Ron Howard's Hillbilly Elegy from our country's provincial and intolerant elites make little sense and only expose their own bigotries and close minds. The problem with the movie is not its politics -- it's hardly political, nor is there anything untoward about a sympathetic portrayal of America's white working class. My problem with Hillbilly Elegy is solely a storytelling one.