Ron Howard Directs Political Film About White Underclass

Indiewire writer Yoselin Acevedo recently reported about a new film being directed by Ron Howard. The film is an adaptation of J.D. Vance’s successful memoir, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. Howard and his team at Imagine Entertainment were moved by this piece about the social and economic struggle faced by Vance’s family as white, lower class citizens. Acevedo informs that the film is sure to comment on the position of Vance’s family and many like them as being key to Trump’s presidential victory.

As the title of Acevedo’s post implies, this film may ruffle a few feathers because it deals with socioeconomic issues and its effect on the current political conditions in the United States. Trump has been a controversial figure ever since his appearance as a presidential candidate, in large part due to his racist comments. A film focusing on white issues may make some people angry, as many claim that white issues are masking larger atrocities occurring in other racial and religious spheres, like black, Asian, and Muslim communities.

However, the film might also add an interesting perspective and provide information to the socioeconomic factors that precipitated the current state of affairs in the nation. Ron Howard seldom produces a poor film, and whether it agrees with people’s personal political views or not has no effect on its cinematic value. Of course, this is all a moot point until the film is actually finished. Personally, I am looking forward to it, as I am a fan of Howard’s previous work, and if nothing else, it may enlighten me and many others as to what is happening around the country and why.


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