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JD’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
The cast and director is what made me excited about this film. Antonio Campos did an excellent job with Christine and the cast are all people who I would watch in pretty much anything.
The film is set in post-war America and follows Arvin Russel (Tom Holland) as he meets several people with dark intentions.
Even though it's perhaps a bit too long and slow in places, this was a really well told and compelling story. The narrative goes to some dark and disturbing scenes that are brilliantly executed. Characters, especially Arvin and Reverend Preston (Robert Pattinson), are written in an interesting way.
Tom Holland gives an really impressive performance as Arvin. It's a more adult role than we usually see him but he really delivers. Robert Pattinson is also on fantastic form as the slimy Reverend. Bill Skarsgård, Riley Keough, Jason Clarke, Sebastian Stan, Eliza Scanlen, Hayley Bennett, Mia Wasikowska, Harry Melling and Pokey LaFarge provide great support.
This is a spectacularly shot film and I really liked how they leaned into the southern gothic tone.
Final thought: It won't be for everyone but I really liked it.