Review: “Devotion” an inspiring story of friendship and determination during America’s forgotten war

By: Robert Prentice

The inspirational true story of Jesse Brown, the first Black aviator in U.S. Navy history, and his enduring friendship with fellow fighter pilot Tom Hudner. Helping to turn the tide in the most brutal battle in the Korean War, their heroic sacrifices ultimately make them the Navy’s most celebrated wingmen.


Devotion is an aerial war epic based on the bestselling book of the same name. It tells the harrowing true story of two elite US Navy fighter pilots during the Korean War. Their heroic sacrifices would ultimately make them the Navy’s most celebrated wingmen. The film stars Jonathan Majors and Glen Powell in the lead roles. Majors has been on a meteoric rise in the past few years in Hollywood landing several major roles including the new big bad in the MCU, Kang the Conqueror. Powell is no stranger either, esp to war epics, as he just recently starred in 2022s other big war epic sequel, Top Gun: Maverick.

The film focuses its attention on the two lead characters more so than the war itself. The story is about Jesse Brown (Majors) and his achievements as a Black aviator in the US Navy and his wingman Thomas Hudner (Powell). War movie buffs will enjoy the look at a war that is often not talked about or done in Hollywood. But the real story here is these two men and their journey and friendship as the Korean War breaks out.

There are a few moments of CGI that take you out of the moment during some of the climax of the action on film, but overall the characters and the story easily take it to the finish line. The book on which the film is based has also received high praise and expands more on the story of both families during and after the war, even to the present day.

Devotion hits theatres Nov 23rd.

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