The Devil All the Time

The Devil All the Time ★½

"...all we done is spent time with the Lord"

I woke up at 4 AM in the morning on Monday which I guess is the perfect time to view a movie like this. Antonio Campos is known for his violent films. To me, his style is unpolished and bleak. Despite using good actors usually, his films fall flat for me. Christine was probably my favorite of his, but it's not something I'd ever want to even think about seeing again.

I'm not sure what bothers me most about The Devil All the Time, whether it's the sloppy timeline and poor introduction to the characters that made me rewatch the beginning just for clarity. I also didn't know that cameras had such huge viewfinders in the '50s. I seem to remember that you wouldn't know what a picture looked like until after it was developed and that was decades later: the '80s or '90s.

In a timeline that would make anyone's head spin, we follow a couple named Sandy (Riley Keough) and Carl (Jason Clarke). They're smalltime crooks who are predisposed to become evil Bonnie & Clydes. Arvin (Tom Holland) has a history of sadness and death in his family and yet he sort of is our persevering little saint. Robert Pattinson plays Preston Teagardin, the nastiest, meanest, vilest, phoniest preacher you'll ever meet. Teagardin talks about Ava Gardner and the glitzy glam of Hollywood, but what is the point of Hollywood calling out the hypocrisy of this preacher, when this film only promises darkness and treachery? Teagardin also wears a ring, but we never see a wife.

Women are so disposable in the film. My main reasons to see this film were the actresses. Compared to the men, they're little footnotes. They're mothers, sisters, and lovers, but never the main attraction and never protected by the men they so admire.

Since it's based on a novel, it really feels like Campos really slopped it together. The film's been getting mainly good reviews, but I feel if people want to like it for more than it's worth.

It hits Netflix on Wednesday, September 16th.

Vegan alert:
-Carl requests ham & cheese
-Deer head mounted on the wall
-Dead dog
-Sausages and meat hanging up in shop with chicken liver
-Reference to steak
-Lenora (Eliza Scanlen) cracking eggs + more scrambled eggs later on in the film
-Rev. Preston Teagardin references the red and white meat on the table
-Animal bones
-Sandy wears an animal print coat

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