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Interview: Director J.D. Dillard Discusses What Went Into Making ‘Devotion’

Devotion is an old fashioned war movie, as well as a warm hearted character study. It’s old school in a way that we don’t often see anymore. Credit to director J.D. Dillard for making sure that his film is equally exciting and emotionally resonant. Regardless of which part draws you in, the other part will equally compel you. Earlier this week, I spoke to star Jonathan Majors about the flick here. Today, it’s Dillard’s turn to chat about Devotion.

In my review back at the Toronto International Film Festival, I had this here to say about Devotion:

In another lifetime, Devotion is the type of film that would play all the time on cable, becoming your father or grandfather or uncle’s favorite movie. It’s so old school in its approach that you can’t help but feel the familiarity. That being said, the flick is undeniably effective, allowing these qualities to be positives, as opposed to negatives.

Devotion flies down a well worn path, but there’s always a sense that it’s honoring the past, as opposed to limiting its creativity in any way. Almost from top to bottom, it feels familiar, though it’s hardly a bad thing. There’s a comfort food nature to it all, even in a military biopic. 

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Below, you can see my discussion with Dillard. Knowing the personal connection that he had to the project, I was interesting in hearing how getting to the finish line made him feel. Dillard is a talented director and a very nice man, so the conversation flowed freely. Devotion is in theaters now, so if you haven’t gotten a chance to check out his work yet, now is a perfect time to do so!

Here now is my interview with Devotion filmmaker J.D. Dillard. Enjoy:

Devotion is in theaters now!

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