The Devil All the Time

The Devil All the Time ★★★★

"It seemed to his son that his father fought the Devil all the time."

I've been waiting what feels like a long time for Campos' latest work, and I was not disappointed. Gorgeously shot with some stunning performances, The Devil All the Time shows a bleak world overrun by endless misfortune. Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson are fantastic, but the great ensemble cast - Riley Keough, Eliza Scanlen, Jason Clarke, Bill Skarsgard, Haley Bennett, Harry Melling, Sebastian Stan, Mia Wasikowska - draws you in towards every character we meet. Even though I wasn't a huge fan of the narration, Donald Ray Pollock's (also the author of the source book) voice is a welcoming tone when it appears. I like how the different stories crash into each other, tightly interconnected much like the residents of the small towns we see (although I think the Keough/Clarke/Stan plot points are a little less snugly woven in). Stuck right in between two horrific wars, nobody seems able to escape the horrors of the world.

The narration can be a little much (especially at one point where Pollock chimes in with a "he said" after Holland speaks), and I suspect not everyone will be as taken by the almost relentless suffering as I was, but this is certainly a highlight of the year.

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