The Devil All the Time

The Devil All the Time ★★★½

Often feels like it's verging into brutal, even exploitative nihilism without any purpose, but each time there's something that just pulls you back into the actual story. It's a story that is undoubtedly too fragmented and meandering, bogged down by narration, time jumps, and an often unfocused lens. But it's also sprawling and ambitious in a way that reminds me of Cianfrance's work, intensely focused on intergenerational trauma and grief, delivered with passionate intensity by an incredible cast and Pattinson's ridiculous accent. I'm not quite sure if this film has all that much to say - and a good chunk of it is unnecessary - but there's also something fascinating about its construction and world building that kept me intrigued most of the time.


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