BRENT NORTHUP Film Review
At the Myrna Loy
At the Cinemark
“They just don’t make movies like that anymore.”
Ever sung that song?
Well, Hollywood just did.
“Devotion” is a movie about the Korean War that looks like a movie that might have been shown during the Korean War.
“Devotion” is an old-fashioned war movie featuring brave American Navy wingmen providing air cover for endangered ground troops. These fighter pilots would unflinchingly sacrifice their lives for God, country, duty.
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Not only does “Devotion” have a retro story to tell, but, visually, the movie looks like a John Wayne Technicolor classic.
Patriotism is served straight, without ironic seasoning.
Still with me, pilgrim?
Only one element has a clearly modern sensibility: the portrayal of racism in the service is more honest, than movies made 50 years ago.
The emotional power lies in two performances: Jesse Brown and his wife Daisy. I did, in fact, cry during “Devotion” and those tears always surrounded them.
Jesse and Daisy loved their child Pamela unconditionally, and Pamela’s glowing as she grows.
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