The Devil All the Time

The Devil All the Time ★★

A grim southern gothic that bites off more than it can chew. The story itself is messy and feels like a number of different stories awkwardly mashed together. There is little narrative focus which results in plotlines starting then stoping with little rhyme or reason, making it difficult to get invested. It tries to craft some thoughts on the repercussions of violence and religious corruption but it doesn't appear to have anything to say beyond surface-level statements.

The cast is full of strong actors yet they're not given enough room to create interesting characters. Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Bill Skarsgard and Riley Keough acquit themselves well but the roles are so slight that even they can't create the required intrigue. As a result there is a noticeable lack of tension despite the plots inherent darkness and I don't feel Antonio Campos manages to create an atmosphere that is necessary for such a story.

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