Interesting, but soulless.,
This review is from: The Devil's Child [DVD] (DVD)
I have to say, having read the reviews, that I'm surprised in this day and age people still buy DVDs based on the cover. There is a saying about book covers being judged, etc.
Having been pleasantly surprised by the chillingly atmospheric Orphan, I felt rather flat after seeing this. Maybe I should have watched this first. The critics seemed to enjoy it, but for me it just felt a little unreal. Sure, the same could have been said of Orphan, but I cared about that family......and there was that ever present feeling of dread. As this movie progressed I felt no real empathy toward this family. They weren't as believable. The character (or actor?) dynamic didn't have that chemistry. Vera Farmiga wasn't as believable as she was in Orphan (she should be careful that she doesn't get typecast) and the overall family bond didn't feel as strong.
I'm sure that the constant piano playing was meant to lend itself to the atmosphere, but I found it irritating beyond belief. Not menacing. I know it's unfair to bang on about Orphan because they are very different movies. Though the premise itself isn't that dissimilar. But, really, Jacob Kogan (Joshua) had nothing of the presence that radiated from Isabelle Fuhrman as Esther (Orphan).
All would have been forgiven had there been a decent ending. The ending to any movie or book is the pay-off. The reward for sticking with it. The ending to Joshua had less tension than you'd get with a Soap Opera cutting for a commercial break. It just stopped. Though I said I didn't care for the family that much, it would still have been nice to see what became of everyone because there was far too much unresolved.
I would never tell people not to waste their time in seeing a film, reading a book or buying an album just because I didn't like it. Different people take different aspects from different stories/music....erm.......differently. Joshua may profoundly affect you. For me, it didn't. It only frustrated me into writing this, well, not so much a review as random thoughts.