Review: The Devil All The Time

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Corruption and devilish behavior runs rampant in a film that is as engrossing as It is disturbing, buoyed by the stellar cast that brings to life Donald Ray Pollock’s novel without turning it into a bloated spectacle.

Tom Holland stars as a young man hell-bent on protecting his loved ones from the vicious behaviors of so many around him, behaviors that he has been witness to since he was a boy. Fighting and shooting is a regular occurrence throughout The Devil All The Time with a cast of characters that ranges from the endearing Eliza Scanlon and, to an extent, Bill Skarsgård to the devilish Riley Keough, Jason Clarke, Sebastian Stan, and Robert Pattinson. Most impressive is the director Antonio Campos’ ability to balance the stars of the film without leaning too much one way.

The Devil All The Time isn’t the most spectacular of films, nor is it one that has a lot to say. Instead, it is a steady, hearty tale that is carried by Holland’s surprisingly convincing portrayal, a different role from those seen from him before. A feel-good film this is not, rather this film is a well-managed faithful adaptation of its source material that won’t blow you out of the water, but will keep you invested from start to finish.

Rating: 4/5

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