The Devil All the Time

The Devil All the Time ★★★★

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Something about this film was calling me to rewatch, and I am beyond glad that I did. The pacing issues I had remain, but the numerous storylines worked much better this time around. The moments that worked so well upon first watch stayed in my head for so long after the film was over. These moments were only amplified with this viewing, as we truly have some of the best performances of the year. I understand Pattinson gets ridiculed for his wild performance here, but I am actually team Pattinson on this one. He may not have given us a spot-on accent with every line, but I know many pastors with this level of enthusiasm.

Pattinson brings that idea to life in such a fun and over-the-top way. That will be the only time I use the word fun with this film because the rest is dark, depressing, sad, and heartbreaking. Tom Holland (again) proves that he can act with the best of them, and this well-rounded story packs an emotional punch. There are a few too many subplots for its own good, but I do love the fact that they go for it all. Tonally, this is my kind of experience, and I will openly admit that this probably resonates with me more than most, but I am a sucker for this setting and time period (if it’s done right). This film is rough around the edges and a bit I unpolished, but there is something about the thoughtfulness of it all that sells me on this dark and dreary experience.

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