Directed by Antonio Campos, the movie star Tom Holland as the lead character named Arvin Eugene Russell that devoted himself to protecting the people he loves as he faces off against corruption and sinister characters in a post-war backwoods town. He was joined by the likes of Sebastian Stan as Lee Bodecker, Robert Pattinson (Preston Teagardin), Harry Melling (Roy Laferty), Mia Wasikowska (Helen Hatton), and others.
The Devil All The Time was pack with good actors as it elevates a somewhat okay movie into an entertaining movie to watch. The script for this movie isn’t the greatest in the world, but it isn’t bad either considering it is under Netflix production. A good cast and a brilliant way of storytelling made this movie a really enjoyable movie to watch. But the movie still has its flaws.
In terms of casting a talented of actors and actresses with talent and charisma, this movie nails it. Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Bill Skarsgard, Robert Pattinson and so many others really bring their expertise in acting to this film. With so much talent in there, I was genuinely surprised how this movie managed to give them the moment to shine. Granted, not all the actors and their characters get a rich development, but they had a moment to act and showcase themselves which I praise the movie for doing so.
Good Writing for Bad Characters
The movie also did something that by the end of the movie I really appreciated. All the characters in this movie aside for some side characters are bad people. The movie wasn’t running away from showing how awful and sometimes inhuman the characters in this could be. Even Tom Holland who is our protagonist is not your clean cut hero of the story. He has his flaws and vulnerability. However, the biggest praise must go to Robert Pattinson for making me hate him within the moment he speaks in the movie. The way he looks, the way he spoke with his accent and especially what he spoke about really make you want to hate the guy so much as you hope something bad must happen to the man.
A Solid Plot
Now, for the movie’s overall plot, the execution may not reach the height it should be, but the initial concept and idea for this movie was absolutely interesting for me. The movie’s idea to showcase the scenario and belief the characters have on religion is unique enough for me to watch. It is great to witness people believing in a religion, but once that religion doesn’t align with what they want, they change course. The movie is jam packed with the idea of being faith to a religion and the struggle to keep the faith.
An Intense Finale
The finale for this movie was surprisingly good. It was not the best in the world by any means, but it was still pretty good. Throughout the movie, the scene changed from one place to another, showcasing the different characters and their perspectives on this as well as their ordeals. There were also several time skips early on in the movie, changing from the present to the past and then back to the present. This is where the genius of this movie comes forward. And that is in its way of storytelling. Each scene of this movie has its purpose. Now, some of them were a bit long than what it should be, but they have a connection to the overall movie. All the scenes from the first and second act of the movie culminated in the finale. The end result is a tight narrative and a good way to end the movie.
The Slow Moments
Despite my initial praise for how the movie gave the characters their moment to shine and how good the storytelling method was, the one thing I hate about this movie is there were a few slow moments. Hate perhaps is a strong word here. Most likely, I would describe it as annoying because one or two scenes would drag down the quality of the movie by having unnecessary dialogues between two characters. Those scenes drag the movie down for me as it made feel the runtime of the movie. The 2 hours and 18 minutes runtime for the movie doesn’t help it at all. Perhaps, in suggestion only, the movie could have cut down 10 minutes of scene from the movie and the result would probably still be the same.
The Devil All The Time (2020) was packed with good actors that elevates a somewhat okay movie into an entertaining movie to watch. The script for this movie isn’t the greatest in the world, but it isn’t bad either considering it is under Netflix production. A good cast and a brilliant way of storytelling made this movie a really enjoyable movie to watch. Despite its flaw, I still suggest you to watch the movie if you want to see the actors giving a good acting performance.
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