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LokeshRohit’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Sinister characters converge around a young man devoted to protecting those he loves in a postwar backwoods town teeming with corruption and brutality.
I loved the film. For me, the film is an examination of religion and how it can drive people to do things that they otherwise wouldn’t do. Killing your wife and trying to bring her back to life through the power of God, sacrificing your son’s dog to God to heal your dying wife, an egomaniacal preacher who manipulates young girls into sex so they can be “closer to God,” and lastly, serial killers who kill because it’s the only way they can feel God; basically, the “delusions” that we tell ourselves.
The pacing in the first bit before the kids' generation were grown up threw me off, and there was just a lot of different threads to keep track off. That being said, it all fell into place and the last half of the movie had me on the edge of my seat.
I feel like a lot of people have the same criticisms on a lot of movies; that characters aren't fleshed out enough, motives aren't clearly established, etc. I guess I don't really understand this as a criticism in general - why do people want everything spelled out with a full background? People don't express their motivations in clear to understand terms on a regular basis. That being said, if this is something that is relevant to how you like to watch movies then it is a valid point; there isn't a lot for this type of background info.
It was awesome seeing Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson in these roles, and I think they killed it. The scene where Arvin confesses Preston's crimes had me so uncomfortable to see the growing tension and the detailed descriptions. They both did fantastic with their roles individually (as did most the cast) but I really enjoyed them together.
If you saw the trailer and discussion has you intrigued, just watch it. It's one movie, if you're at the point of even considering watching it, then you have the time to do so. Hate it 20 minutes in? Stop watching it then. Quit leaving it to people who don't know your exact taste, preferences, and media viewing history to determine what is or isn't worth your time.
The movie has one big negative though which is the storyline of the Sheriff played by Sebastian Stan. The Sheriff was a completely flat character and his side plot with Leroy was a big whiff.
Academy must consider this film for the production design which was on point all the time. Pretty sure Robert Pattinson will be overlooked for a fantastic supporting performance.