The Devil All the Time

The Devil All the Time ★★★½

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"How can I be the daddy when we ain't done nothing but spend time with the lord?"

I think what impressed me most about The Devil All The Time was the filmmaking and the acting, more so than the story itself. I love the roundabout way they set up the story for our two orphans to meet.
I also love how it's mostly due to chance encounters, or making a bad deal with the lord (or was it?).

This movie is unconscionably violent, dark, and cringeworthy at times, but the performances are genuine. Robert Pattinson proves he is just made of clay and can mold himself into any character he wants to be. It's truly astonishing to watch. Haley Bennett, Eliza Scanlen, and Bill Skaarsgard steal my heart in this one. Their performances are just gutwrenching.

Sebastian Stan and Tom Holland are actually on the weaker side of the performances. They're not bad, they're just not as strong as their costars and it's noticeable. Unfortunately, they get the last scene, which is a drop down in quality from the rest of the film.

Overall, this is an undoubtedly hard watch, but it's also a window into a world that definitely existed at one time. It's not a necessary film or a fun film, but if you're a fan of great acting and strong filmmaking, this holds up.

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