Josie Image


By Norman Gidney | March 20, 2018

Of course, there is conflict, a reason for the action, but to go too much into it would rob the film of its subtle power to surprise. Turner’s Josie is a disarming character who you are immediately drawn to without falling into the usual cliches. McDermott plays the leading man with a brooding, resigned silence that just makes me want to see more of him. The stand out of the film, however, is Bartlett’s Martha. The loving busybody that looks after all in her orbit seems to glow with a maternal warmth effortlessly, making her all the more empathetic.

Eric England capably directs a smooth movie with a light touch that packs a punch. His choice in the use of a rich, down-home score is a nice bit of juxtaposition and makes one wonder what the heck he was going for. It works to mislead expectations nicely. This quiet little thriller doesn’t easily fit into a category and that’s a shame. It’s original, and a compelling watch that may not get the attention it deserves.

My advice is to see it. This is a polished little movie with a tight cast, a good script, fine performances, and a director who knows what he is doing. It isn’t a thrill ride of a movie, but more of a lazy boat ride leading to the falls.

Josie (2017) Directed by Eric England. Written by  Anthony Ragnone II. Starring Sophie Turner, Dylan McDermott, Daeg Faerch.

Josie is worth Matinee (***)

Norm’s Rating System: Full Price (****), Matinee (***), VOD (**), Don’t Bother (*)

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