The Devil All the Time Review
By Paul Anthony
I have to admit the main reason why this film got my attention was because the cast that was involved with this film. The film was a star studded one which was led by Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson but they were weren’t the only stars of the film. We had Bill Skarsgard, Sebastian Stan, Jason Clarke and that’s just to name a few. I was impressed that Netflix had managed to get a movie with this many stars in it, but like always the question was it good. Like many other psychological thrillers, this one was the one where you needed to pay attention because one detail that you would miss, would cause you a lot confusion and might even make you stop paying attention, but no worries I got you covered. Now understand that this movie which was based on the 2011 novel of the same name, has the main characters stories weaved together, which means basically the paths that our characters take were based on other characters that we are following and explains their interactions. The plot of the movie basically spans twenty years and goes from just about 1945 to 1965.
We first meet Willard Russel played by Bill Skarsgard during his time in World War 2, where he puts another soldier of his misery, this however will haunt him for the rest of his life, but after the war he starts to find his way home and that is where he meets a waitress and she becomes his wife and then they have son named Arvin. In 1950 we meet Helen Hatton who just married Roy Laferty who is one crazy preacher who has a daughter named Lenora, one day during a sermon he gets bitten by a spider which then makes him loses grip on reality and believes he can bring back the dead and to prove it he kills his wife to try to bring her back and at this point he realizes he cant, he basically runs away only to run into a pair of murders. That’s where we meet Carl Henderson and his wife Sandy who pick up hitch hikers convince them to have sex with Sandy while Carl watches and takes pictures but kills the men afterwards but Roy refuses so they kill them anyway. We jump to 1957 now Willard’s Wife now has cancer and it is killing her fast. In a last ditch effort Willard sacrifices the family dog to god to cure his wife of cancer but its no hope she dies and he in his grief commits suicide leaving Arvin as an orphan which he goes and lives with his grandmother Emma who also adopted Lenora.
During this timeframe we also learn that Sandy’s brother is also the Sheriff named Lee, who we learn is just as corrupt as his sister. He does find out what she does on the side and he begins to rid any evidence that suggests that his sister is a killer. Now in 1965 the local church gets a new young Preacher named Preston who seduces Lenora and she becomes pregnant. When she goes to Preston, basically denies any wrong doing and Lenora commits suicide so she doesn’t bring shame to her family. Arvin figures out that the father was Preston and confronts him and kills him. Now Arvin hits the road and gets picked up by Carl and Sandy but Arvin is armed and kills them after pleading with them to rethink this. Now Sheriff Lee sets out for revenge and to make sure Arvin doesn’t have any evidence that will pin him with his sister and in final moments of the film they meet and battle it out with Arvin getting the upper hand and killing Lee. Arvin once again hits the road and hitches a ride taking a nap and day dreaming about his future.
Now I seen some of the reviews on this film and its mostly been mixed to negative and even some calling it a miss. I did like the story but felt like some parts were rushed and we needed a little more character development with pretty much the entire cast. I believe that is what mostly killed this movie for a lot of people. In the end I want to give it an 70 percent or a C. I would still say please give this movie a shot, its not a bad movie by no means!