The Devil All the Time

The Devil All the Time ★★½

I'm very much here for a generation-spanning unrelentingly punishing American epic with heavy portentous voiceover. I just wish this one had stuck to its guns a little more--by the end of the first act I was like "If this is where we STARTED I can't imagine where we'll end up!" and the answer was 'A steady deflation of intensity until engaging with the climax feels like trying to climb an icy slope in old sneakers.' Have the courage of your convictions, outrageously bleak American epics. Have your weird Pattinson performance be the baseline, not the outlier.