The Devil All the Time

The Devil All the Time ★★★★

Arvin Russell finds himself in the middle of evil forces threatening his family in a religious town in Ohio and decides to fight back.
If 2020 was a film, this would be it. Depressing, bleak, uncomfortable and set in one place. The only thing it doesn't have in common with this horrendous year is that despite all those things, it's a great film.
Antonio Campos utilises time-jumping that would make Chris Nolan shed a tear but unlike Nolan's most recent outing- TENET, The Devil all the Time actually makes sense and has a coherent plot.
The film essentially follows a boy from birth, growing up in a religious town and all the trials and tribulations that come along with that. The film is extremely violent in parts but not violence that has you on the edge of your seat, violence that just makes you sad, and there's nothing wrong with that because it serves its purpose extremely well, fitting with its melancholic tone.
There are superb performances from Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson. They both fully embrace their roles, demonstrating (in my opinion) great Ohio accents.
Personally I think the film suffers a little from its runtime. The slow, methodical pace does fit well but for me the film would have worked better if it was just edited chronologically rather than jumping all over the place. It doesn't benefit it in any way.
This is definitely one of the better 2020 releases in what has been understandably, a rough year for film. Know that going into this, that you are in for a film that is bleak, but well worth your time.