Okay so there were a lot of scenes that just made the movie feel "thrown" together. The screenwriter for this movie was white, and it shows because a lot of the dialogue between the black characters was unnatural and weird. The movie presumably takes place in modern day since the son has a iphone 11. The characters live in the literal mountains of Appalachia which doesn't even make sense because if you know the mountainous regions of Appalachia--those areas are basically sundown towns. The most irksome part in all this was just the mannerisms. BLACK PEOPLE DON'T ACT LIKE THIS. Even the country ones. This movie was a caricature of black people from the country. The characters acted like literal slaves, which was explained by trying to imply Ellie and Earl WERE slaves from 1860, but NEVER explained or revisited. Marquis doesn't believe in hoodoo, but is able to recall all the how-to's of hoodoo once its convenient. This movie just feels like a non-black man read a book on hoodoo once and felt like it'd make a cool movie since its never been done before.
Save your money, folks.
And Kurt Wimmer, do better.