Josie & Jack (2019) Movie Review

Josie & Jack is a slow drama that misses the points it is trying so hard to make.

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Director: Sarah Lancaster

Writer: Kelly Braffet, Sarah Lancaster (Screenplay)

Starring: Olivia DeJonge, Alex Neustaedter, William Fichtner, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Anna Baryshnikov, David H Holmes

Plot: Raised in a decaying old Pennsylvania mansion and homeschooled by their tyrannical professor father. Josie and Jack Raeburn have never had anyone but each other to depend on. Set in the 1990s.

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Josie & Jack starts as we meet siblings Josie (DeJonge) and Jack (Neustaedter). Who have been living under the tyrannical professor father Raeburn (Fichtner). The pair have hatched a plan to escape, with Jack always sharing the ideas.

That leaves Josie with only choice being to join him, as the pair looks to jumped around homes in the area. Josie must learn quickly when it comes to this world, while Jack continues to take advantage of people. Keeping Josie under his finger to hide his more dangerous ways.

Thoughts on Josie & Jack

Josie & Jack is a drama that follows a brother and sister as they look to experience the world outside of their strict father for the first time. Leading them on their own adventures, where Josie gets to see the world that she had been protected from. While Jack looks to take advantage of everyone, in the same way their father did.

This is a slow paced movie that doesn’t seem to hit any levels of major interest, it wants to tackle certain major issues in the world, but only ends up sweeping them up in the story, rather than pointing the focal point on these moments. The performances are strong enough to get more out of the story, only they don’t get enough to do to shine too all their potential.

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