The Devil All the Time

The Devil All the Time ★★★

“The Devil All the Time” is a dark, bleak, and cynical thriller about religious fanatism, hypocrisy, poverty, corruption, and senseless violence in the American South from the 40s to the 60s. It´s basically tragedy after tragedy and a true feel-bad movie.

I like the setting, tone, atmosphere, and most of the imagery, but the biggest highlight is clearly the cast. Tom Holland shows a side we haven´t seen from him before and demonstrates that he has a promising future outside of Marvel. Still, my favorites are Robert Pattinson as the sleazy hypocritical preacher and Eliza Scanlen as Holland´s pious adopted sister. Pattinson slowly becomes one of my favorite actors and Scanlen blew me away in every role I´ve seen her so far. Bill Skarsgård, Riley Keough, Jason Clarke, Harry Melling, and Sebastian Stan also leave their marks.

Unfortunately, “The Devil All the Time” is also disjointed and messy at times, and overall, a bit overambitious. I would like to see an HBO miniseries adaptation, since I find several story elements of the film really interesting, but they feel rushed and not well developed and therefore don´t have the impact they could have. Still, all in all, the movie is worth a watch.

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