The Devil All the Time

The Devil All the Time ★★★

Mini Review

With an all-star cast, Antonio Campos' The Devil All The Time leans on its performances and bleak, gritty, sometimes unnecessarily brutal atmosphere while lacking any real focus in it's plot. With the cast being introduced throughout the film as time passes, we follow multiple sub-plots that ultimately distract from the story of the main protagonist, Tom Holland's Arvin Russell.

These side characters are not given sufficient development and typically depend on the performance of the actors. Although some in particular stand out, a couple of the threads that steal valuable time from the main plot end up rather forgettable. If just a couple of these sub-plots were to be removed, the film may feel more focused and structurally coherent.

However, the film is still incredibly well directed by Campos with memorable performances from Holland, Pattinson and Bill Skarsgard and an interesting take on violence and corruption in a small American town.

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