Mad’s review published on Letterboxd:
Put The White Ribbon and No Country for Old Men in a blender, and you'll get this beast.
Lot of people are gonna absolutely hate this (especially those poor souls from stan twitter who are gonna watch this one just for the actors 😭 good luck to them), and yeah it's not an easy film to love, but idk, it worked in all the right ways for me.
The cast brings their absolute A-game to the whole thing, especially Holland, who's just *amazing* here. Other MVPs include: Sebastian Stan in his natural element as a cop, Robert Pattinson as a scenery chewing priest, and Bill Skarsgard doing his best Woody Harrelson impression.
And getting to the direction, this is easily Campos' most accomplished work to date. It's thrillingly restrained but also breezingly real in a lot of ways. The mood and the atmosphere is filled with dread, you just feel *heavy* after finishing this. His shot composition, as usual, is impeccable here too. And the soundtrack choices + score are phenomenal as well. Sure, the pacing could've been better, and some portions of it could've easily been cut down, but I have a huge soft spot for this type of "generational evil" type stories, so naturally, I kinda loved this. A lot.
Don't even try to watch it with your parents. Trust me.