Twenty Years Later is a pretty fun story! It made for a great weekend watch on Amazon Prime. Josh tends to work with the same cast, so I walked into this anticipating who and how the characters would deliver. In my opinion, it's Joshua Courtade himself who really shines. His portrayal of Kevin really shows what great range he's capable of. Pretty amazing, especially since he tripled as actor, writer and director for the feature. The rest of the main cast rounds out perfectly with solid deliveries from Scott Merriman and Robert Ford.
Ford, with perfection, brings his inner child to life in this outing. He carefully and humorously brings two childhood friends back together to hunt for treasure they buried twenty years earlier.
Scott Merriman plays the most relatable character here. He navigates the typical 30-something life..wife, kids and job...with dead dreams from an earlier life floating around his core.
Actor, Writer and Director Joshua Courtade arguably plays the main protagonist here, he's billed here 3rd, but his story shows the most evolution and study in this outing. Kevin had a great job, but on the flip is facing a nasty divorce and somehow is banging a hot model all at the same time. Kevin, understandably, has grown up like most of us do. So his reaction to Glen's quest to find buried kid treasure is the most relatable. He's distanced himself over the years from Glen and doesn't really want to lower his standards and start digging in dirt. His reaction to this sudden reconnection makes the best character study moments in the film, especially as Kevin slowly evolves and allows himself to loosen up.
Overall, this film is fun and very entertaining. Especially if you're looking to disconnect from the world for a bit. Brief moments are over-the-top, but they're quickly put to rest with a fun story and great acting. This film reminds us that we can still have fun, be kids, and reach for the stars. Great job to the cast & crew.
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