Film: The Devil All the Time

Opened: September 11, 2020

Directed by: Antonio Campos

Starring: Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgård, Robert Pattinson, Riley Keough, Jason Clarke, Sebastian Stan, Eliza Scanlen, Haley Bennett, Mia Wasikowska, Harry Melling, Pokey LaFarge, Michael Banks Repeta, Ever Eloise Landrum, Douglas Hodge, Kristin Griffith, David Atkinson, Drew Starkey, Teddy Cole & Donald Ray Pollock

Based on Donald Ray Pollock’s novel of the same name, The Devil All the Time is a slow burn thriller that would feel too slow and boring if it weren’t for a stellar cast that gives great performances.

Willard Russell (Bill Skarsgård) prays for his wife Charlotte’s (Haley Bennett) recovery from cancer. Years later, his son Arvin (Tom Holland) protects his adopted sister Lenora (Eliza Scanlen) from harm. Carl and Sandy Henderson (Jason Clarke & Riley Keough) pick up hitchhikers with sadistic intent.

There are multiple storylines that cross paths as the film goes. However, the characters are kept at surface level and you never see much past their initial actions.

Holland is a compelling lead and shows his range of an actor with this Marvel departure.

Final say: The devil burns slowly, but satisfyingly. ★★★☆☆

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