Movie Reviews

The Devil All the Time (2020)

the-devil-all-time-2020-netflix-movie-posterDirector: Antonio Campos

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Runtime: 138 Minutes

Main Cast: Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgard, Riley Keough, Robert Pattinson, Haley Bennett, Harry Melling, Eliza Scanlen, Mia Wasikowska, Sebastian Stan, Jason Clarke, Douglas Hodge

Plot: Set in a town called Knockemstiff in Ohio,  the story revolves around Arvin (Tom Holland), orphaned at a young age and surrounded by violence and grief. Arvin tries his hardest to live a good, honest life, despite the sinister characters around him.

My Thoughts: You know how my mind works by now, I stumble into an actor or actress obsession and then I make it my goal to watch anything and everything they’ve ever starred in. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve watched many a terrible movie starring Robert Pattinson, and I have to say, I wasn’t even looking forward to The Devil All the Time. I watched the trailer a few times and it just didn’t seem like my kind of movie. And well, sometimes it’s when your expectations are rock bottom that you find yourself a movie you enjoy the most. I don’t think this one is perfect, it’s very bleak, quite depressing and at least 20 minutes too long, but it’s been playing on my mind for almost a week now since I watched it.

Tom Holland is phenomenal here. He might be known best as Spider-Man in a playful role, but he really shows off his talents here. I don’t have a clue when it comes to awards and I know this movie hasn’t had great reviews but surely Tom Holland deserves some kind of nomination for this? His accent is impeccable and the way he transforms from a quiet boy to the man seeking revenge is just…incredible! Also, I know the buzz is around how Robert Pattinson steals the show as the corrupted and deceitful Revered (he is excellent, I won’t argue), the show-stealer for me was Harry Melling, who we all know as Dudley Dursley from Harry Potter! I hope we get to see him in more movies.

There are so many characters in the movie it can be hard to keep track, and not all of their stories are really necessary, but I enjoyed them nonetheless. The movie had a The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) kind of feel to me, I’m not sure what that niche little category would be called. It’s not a happy movie, it’s not a fun movie, but it tells an interesting story and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would!

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Best Bit: The stand off between Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson towards the end was particularly good, I thought.  It was tense and uncomfortable for the right reasons, and the perfect example of how great both actors are.

Worst Bit: Imagine being a Pattinson fan, watching this and thinking yes, this man could actually tempt me into going to church, just to find out that like almost everyone else in this movie, he’s a massive twat. Sigh…

Fun Trivia: Robert Pattinson didn’t work with a dialect coach and crafted his high-pitched Southern drawl on his own. The actor hid his accent from everyone – including director Antonio Campos – until day one of filming. Other actors sent Campos recordings of the voices they were working on – but not Pattinson, preferring to rehearse by himself and getting self-conscious by being judged before actually standing in front of the camera.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 spiders that Harry Melling actually dumped on his head for that stand-out scene, ugh!

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14 thoughts on “The Devil All the Time (2020)

  1. saw this today and I too had very low expectations and was very pleasantly surprised at how good it was.

    I’m still reeling from the great way that they told this story.

    excellent review! Keep up the great work Allie!

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  2. Pattinson made this at least somewhat entertaining because the rest was just bleak without even daring to be truly brutal and disturbing. I felt like the whole movie was holding back

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  3. You can tell Pattinson didn’t work with a dialect coach lol. I really enjoyed this, especially for Holland. It’s nice to see him jump into a role like this after being so used to him as Spidey.

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  4. It wound be interesting to watch all of Robert Pattinson’s movies. I imagine there is quite the variety.

    Tom Holland is quite enjoyable. He’s also in the Lost City of Z, as is Pattinson, so you might have already seen it.

    As for Harry Melling, you can see him in two other Netflix movies. He’s a pharmaceutical CEO in The Old Guard, and has a small part in the Ballad of Buster Scruggs. He sings in that role too!

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    1. Lost City of Z is next on my watchlist, it seems the perfect next movie for me! I’ve seen The Old Guard but never got around to writing it, but it was a lot of fun and I hope we get the sequel that was hinted at. I also watched the Ballad of Buster Scruggs but have no memory at all of him in that so I’m going to have to rewatch it! Thanks for pointing that out for me 🙂

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