Evan’s review published on Letterboxd:
Gosh damn son. That was heavy handed; didn’t expect that at all. The Devil All the Time is essentially a gothic backwoods hill billy drama horror film. A few weeks ago we got the feel good movie of the year in Bill & Ted Face the Music and now we’ve got this. Sheesh.
Going in I had heard some comparisons of No Country for Old Men and The Place Beyond the Pines and I thought to myself “yeah right”. After watching, the comparisons are justified. It’s got the violence elements of No Country for Old Men and the intertwining stories and everything being tied together like The Place Beyond the Pines.
Obviously everyone has been ranting and raving about this cast and how could you not? Every performance no matter how big or how small is incredibly impressive. We’ve got Pennywise the Clown, Spider-Man, The Winter Soldier, and future Batman all in one movie and every single one of them gives a hell of a performance. I was especially blown away by Tom Holland, I didn’t know he had range like this. Can Riley Keough get some sort of role in every movie moving forward? Thank you. The inconsistency of accents is the only knock I can put on anyone’s performance.
I’m always fascinated by movies that have heavy religious themes. While I was not raised in a religious household and I’m not religious myself, I did attend Catholic schooling all the way up to college. So religion is something I am familiar with at the very least. It’s crazy to me how some people will live and die in the name of their religion and The Devil All the Time certainly displays that. I’m not trying to bash religion btw. It can be a really great thing for a lot of people. It’s one of those rare things that can bring out the absolute best of someone and bring out the absolute worst of someone else; which is why I find it so interesting.
(More to come, hopefully)