Is The Devil All The Time worth watching?

The Devil All The Time: Robert Pattinson as Preston Teagardin. Photo Cr. Glen Wilson/Netflix © 2020
The Devil All The Time: Robert Pattinson as Preston Teagardin. Photo Cr. Glen Wilson/Netflix © 2020 /

Highly-anticipated The Devil All the Time is now on Netflix but is it worth your time?

Boasting the dream cast comprising the likes of Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, and Bill Skarsgård, The Devil All the Time was added to Netflix this Sept. 16, but are the big stars enough to have your attention for the whole of two and a half hours?

The movie is a psychological thriller based on a novel by Donald Ray Pollock, directed by Antonio Campos and produced by Jake Gyllenhaal. The rest of the cast includes Riley Keough, Jason Clarke, Sebastian Stan, Haley Bennett, Eliza Scanlen, and Mia Wasikowska. The plot revolves around Arvin Russell, played by Holland, and his mission to separate the right from wrongs.

Why you should watch The Devil All the Time

Holland’s portrayal of a teenage vigilante with a rough past evokes tons of emotion in the viewers. Bill successfully manages to confuse the audience whether they should dislike his character or feel sorry for him. However, it is Pattinson who takes the cake for his phenomenal acting as Reverend Preston Teagardin.

At no point in the movie will you find the acting mediocre and for that fact alone, I think it is worth giving the movie a shot. The gothic atmosphere and background music only make the experience more impactful.

The plot cleverly explores the stories and struggles of different people and knits them together while also addressing social evils and the heinous things people are willing to do in the name of faith and religion. If you are looking for a movie that is high on artistic value, add this one to your watch list!

Why you should skip The Devil All the Time

Not only is the movie 2.3 hours long, but it is also a slow burn. The movie escalates and gets interesting in the last 45 minutes or so, but if you are not a fan of slow-paced movies, you might not even get there.

Gore that pops out of nowhere might upset you and there are some scenes that are downright sick. So, if that’s not your cup of tea, you might skip this one. Also, if you are a fan of the original novel, you may find the movie adaptation somewhat hollow.

What do the reviews say?

The thriller has received an impressive rating of 7.3/10 on IMDb while managed 68% on Rotten Tomatoes with an audience score of 88%! I’d suggest you watch this gothic movie when you have some time on your hands to truly appreciate what it has to offer.

The Devil All the Time is now streaming on Netflix.

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