The Devil All the Time

The Devil All The Time (L-R) Bill Skarsgård as Willard Russell, Michael Banks Repeta as Arvin Russell (9 Years Old). Photo Cr. Glen Wilson/Netflix © 2020

The Devil All the Time – Drama, Thriller
Category – Movie


Content – There are a lot of characters in this period film, but they are surround a boy named Arvin. Arvin’s father Willard was a good man, fought in the war and came home to meet his love Charlotte. After having their son, Willard taught him to stand up for himself at any cost, just choose the right time to initiate such actions. Tragedy strikes the family and Arvin is left to live with his grandparents. While growing up, he carries his father’s words close to his heart, and anyone who tries to hurt him or the people he loves will pay. This movie has a lot of interacting parts – a murderous couple, a corrupt sheriff, a loving step sister and a perverted preacher. And all of which pay dearly in the end, one way or another. All of the deception and crossing storylines makes this drama a good watch. This scores a 8 out of 10.


Acting – While I love seeing Bill Skarsgard as “Pennywise”, this film actually showcases him as an actor that can be extremely diverse. I enjoyed seeing him play Willard, a man that sees war and comes home to find faith, but comes up empty. Bill does a great job without a mask! In the older years, his son Arvin is played by Tom Holland. Another actor who has lived behind a mask, but shines without it. Tom is a young actor who gets better with age and the more mature roles he chooses. He does a tremendous job with this role’s diversity. Our beloved, and no so up and up preacher is played by Robert Pattinson. An actor going behind a mask, maybe he should have been wearing one in this film! His character is not likeable from the first scene, and gets worse throughout the film. However, as an actor Robert does a great job in making the audience hate him. The murderous couple is played by Riley Keough and Jason Clarke, both experienced actors who bring a lot to the table in the characters. And of course, Sebastian Stan comes in as Deputy Lee Brodecker. As corrupt as he is, you like this character because he’s actually got a good heart. Sebastian plays the sheriff well with comfort and ease. The ensemble cast is one to be reckoned with! Score is 9.5 out of 10.


Duration – 2 hrs 18 min. Yep, this period film is a doozy, over two hours to get through the interweaving storylines. But, when you get a tremendous cast together for a period film, you aren’t going to ever be under two hours. Each character has to have it’s time to shine. While still a little long, I get the timing of it. This gets a 7 out of 10.


TOTAL INDEX for The Devil All the Time – 24.5 out of 30


Recommended Watch – You need the time to watch this one, but the cast is outstanding and the acting is just solid, so it’s definitely worth a watch!

OSCAR BUZZ – Netflix has submitted this one as an FYC. While the movie is good, and Tom Holland’s performance was excellent, I’m not convinced that this movie will see any OSCAR love. Time will tell.

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