Ron Rash is a true master at weaving the fabric of history (the Shelton Laurel Massacre of 1863) with rich Appalachian fiction. Though Leonard, Travis, and the Toomeys are fictitious characters, their personalities are universal and stay with you. Amazingly, this film perfectly captured Rash's book. After watching the travesty of a movie based on his incredibly harrowing novel "Serena," I wasn't entering this film was high hopes. Perhaps it's because these characters are so well developed by Rash that they easily jump onto the silver screen, or perhaps this time the actors knew what was needed and didn't try to fake their way through the film, or perhaps it's nothing more than this story being set in the Appalachians and their charm permeates the stories. Whatever it is, "A World Made Straight" is truly wonderful. Knowing about the characters in Rash's novel (I highly recommend it - absolutely wonderful without trying to make as much of a statement as "Serena" did and without overplaying his hand with "Saints at the River") makes these movie versions more tangible, but so much of the spirit from his book is present that you can watch it without journeying into a timeless North Carolina Appalachian town in print. Using Leonard as the narrator for the Doctor's journal was excellent and how I had imagined it, and I really enjoy the ending. That was something I thought a movie would try to tidy up instead of letting it flow; by leaving the ending as Rash wrote it, the viewer can decide on what happens to his/her versions of the characters. If you enjoy Southern noire or are enticed by the repetitions of history that overplay our everyday lives, you will enjoy this movie. As I said, the book is also fantastic and I highly recommend it.