What Josiah Saw (2021)

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What Josiah Saw (2021). What Josiah Saw: Directed by Vincent Grashaw. With Robert Patrick, Nick Stahl, Scott Haze, Kelli Garner. A family with buried secrets reunite at a farmhouse after two decades to pay for their past sins.

“This one ended up being better than I thought it was going to be from first impression. This twisted family-drama thriller with a sprinkle of horror is set up in almost an anthology format, which I found interesting because the way they executed it, it felt different and somewhat fresh.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eChapter one was a tad confusing, felt like it moved very fast and didnu0026#39;t really draw me in. There was a lot of yelling and it became grating after a bit. Despite that, the acting was good from both the dad and the son, but I wasnu0026#39;t convinced as a whole. There were also some scenes that felt superfluous and were in there for shock/cringe value. I wish I could put my finger on it but it was my least favorite of all of them, but not necessarily unsuccessful.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI would encourage you to stick with it cause chapter two was when I started to enjoy myself. This had the best acting of the lot with the brother Eli really shining. I also found this to be the most interesting and engaging of the three siblingu0026#39;s stories.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eChapter three (the sister) and chapter 4 (the finale) blended together a little. The sisters backstory was… fine. She had me up and down with her acting. There were times when I was right there with her, and then she would throw me off with an odd delivery or a bitting of the lip. Regardless, I do think she did a good job overall. Also, it was nice to see Tony Hale do something different, good job.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe finale felt, very that… a finale. There were some (while not wildly original) fun and moderately unexpected twists and turns. It got exciting and I wish that had lasted a tad longer. With THAT being said, this movie did NOT need to be any longer… haha. The run time of two hours was a tad excessive and I think it would have been much more successful if it was trimmed down and more concise.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eSome general observations… the movie looked very nice and professional, with a nice quality and some cool shots. I was hot and cold with the score. Sometimes I thought there were cool choices made and other times I was like can you turn that noise down or off itu0026#39;s distracting lol. Also I felt the script/ dialogue was a tad underdeveloped and sounded a bit juvenile/cliche at times.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eAs I said, over all I ended up liking this one more than I thought I would. You will definitely need some patience and be forgiving of some missteps but in total I found it to be an enjoyable experience with some spookiness, some thrills, some twists and turns, and some solid performances. Would recommend.”

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