DEVOTION: Rated PG-13 – 2hrs 19 mins
DIRECTED BY: JD Dillard
WRITTEN BY: Jake Crane and Jonathan Stewart – Based on the novel by Adam Makos
STARRING: Jonathon Majors, Glen Powell, Christina Jackson, Thomas Sadoski, Daren Kagasoff, Joe Jonas, Spencer Neville, Nick Hargrove, Boone Platt and Dean Denton
Based on the real-life story, torn from the pages of Adam Makos’s 2014 Novel DEVOTION…we meet Navy Fighter Pilots Jesse Brown (Jonathan Majors) and Tom Hudner (Glen Powell), as their friendship begins, prior to the Korean War…
As Brown fights the oppression of the era, while staying steadfast to perfecting his flying skills, and the devotion he has for his family…with his beautiful wife Daisy (Christina Jackson), and his little girl, supporting him every step of the way.
Now, as the entire band of Navy Pilots work diligently day after day to hone in their Naval carrier take off and landings, the tensions begin to run high, as it seems that Hudner’s privileged white-boy standards, aren’t quite excepting of Brown’s finesse, and impressive flying skills.
And as these two men work hard to forge a friendship amidst all the chaos that now surrounds them, with the impending Korean War taking them far from home, it seems that these two comrades will have to have one another’s backs, as they prove they are the best of the best in the air…
That is until tragedy strikes and one of them finds himself trapped within the wreckage of his aircraft, but as fate would have it, his true friend and comrade will come to his aid…hell bent on not leaving his friend behind…
I give DEVOTION a rating of 4 out of 5 Stars: In this riveting and emotionally charged film, we get to see Jonathan Majors take his acting prowess to the next level…as he is by far the star of this film, as he inhabits the world of the first Black Navy Pilot, Jesse Brown. Powell brings his swagger again to the big screen, because if you loved him playing John Glenn in 2016’s HIDDEN FIGURES, he brings that same charm and charisma to this film, playing Navy Pilot, and devoted friend Tom Hudner. Christina Jason is perfectly cast too, playing Jesse Brown’s devoted wife Daisy, and the rest of the Navy Pilots who take flight to protect our freedoms are fabulously cast as well, including Pilot Marty Goode, played by none other than Joe Jonas.
I’m usually not fond of war films, no matter how hard I try…but, I was pleasantly surprised by how DEVOTION is more about the emotional bonds that take place between two men, and perfecting their superior fighting skills, rather than all the graphic violence that war films usually take on. And even though this one doesn’t exactly have a happy ending, you will be touched by the depiction of these two men, and the importance of their lives connecting, even for their extended families, once the war is over. If you haven’t headed out to the theater yet this Thanksgiving weekend, please take the time this week and catch DEVOTION on a screen near you…as DEVOTION is definitely one of those films that deserves being experience at a theater near you, and not on your screen at home!
4 out of 5 STARS