The Devil All the Time

The Devil All the Time ★★★½

“It's a prayer log.“

“Prayer log?“

“Yeah. But it don't work too good.”

I came for Riley Keough and stayed for evil Robert Pattinson and evil Sebastian Stan in fat suits.

This movie was dark AF and relentless. Just when you would start liking a character they were dead, time and again. But, like the final season of Game of Thrones, there are a handful of survivors.

It was a great joy watching so many European and Australian actors flat-out nailing southern American accents. Everyone did a great job. Pattinson chose to not have a dialect coach, and came up with his creepy southern drawl himself. He’s insane, and his character, a lascivious preacher, is extremely abhorrent, disgusting, loathsome, nasty, reprehensible, rotten, unpleasant, abominable, horrid, obnoxious, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, atrocious. Any synonym fits.

You may feel that Bill Skarsgård is overdoing it with the accent or not doing a great job at all. Well the opposite is true. I know a lot of people—work with some—that talk just like that.

Harry Melling plays yet another odd character for Netflix, as a traveling preacher with enough faith in God to pour a bucket of creepy crawlers all over his head. Terrifying and not CGI. I might have permitted some god-awful CGI for that uncomfortable scene.

I enjoyed the narration from the author of the novel the film was based on. He did great for having no experience at all.

I enjoyed the story and how all the threads intersected and played off one another. Very dark to be sure, but very well told.

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