The Devil All the Time

The Devil All the Time ★★★½

A dizzying, provocative meditation on violence, religion and faith, Antonio Campos' The Devil All the Time is a powerhouse adaptation of the Donald Ray Pollock novel. It's a grim experience from start to finish, and the execution is undeniably messy at times, but Campos' method of storytelling allows the dark atmosphere to feel strangely infectious to the viewer. While many book adaptations fail at conveying the intended tone as a result of heavy-handed narration, the exposition in TDAtT never comes across as overwhelming: in fact, I would go so far as to say it effectively adds to the novelistic approach. Watching this movie feels like reading a novel and letting all the characters and their landscapes slowly sink into your soul one by one, and the knockout performances across the board certainly contribute to that. While the story certainly goes places that many will be shocked and disturbed by, I found it an ambitious, confident, and towering anthology of intertwining people and the evil nature at their core.

Robert Pattinson dipping his finger into a food dish and slowly sucking the liquid off of it added ten years to my life!

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