The highly-anticipated film The Devil All the Time by director Antonio Campos finally debuted on Netflix yesterday, and viewers have pretty mixed feelings about it.
While people loved seeing talented actors Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland, Riley Keough, and a handful more, the lack of character development just couldn’t be ignored. All in all, the hyped-up movie pretty much fell flat, disappointing fans of the book of the same name by Donald Ray Pollock, as well as many viewers in general.
Though there were a few strong scenes, The Devil All the Time is one you can probably skip, but if you do decide to check out the film, there is one scene in particular you might want to fast-forward.
The beginning of the film follows Bill Skarsgard’s character, Willard Russell, a World War II veteran who comes home and falls in love with a waitress named Charlotte (played by Haley Bennett). The two seem happy enough together, and have a son named Arvin (who grows up to be Tom Holland’s character).
Unfortunately, Charlotte is diagnosed with cancer, and it starts to look like she doesn’t have much time left. A distraught Willard decides he’s going to take matters into his own hands, turning to religion in the highest of extremes.
Does the dog die in The Devil All the Time?
I’d argue the worst part of the movie is when Willard decides to use the family’s beloved dog Jack to try and heal Charlotte’s sickness. Yup, sadly he sacrifices the dog to God by killing him. As you’d expect, this doesn’t work, and the next scene after seeing a heartbroken Arvin finding out shows the father and son at Charlotte’s funeral.
Was this part of the movie necessary? Nope. Certainly, it demonstrates just how out of his mind Willard is, and adds to Arvin’s childhood trauma. However, a mere mention of the heinous act would’ve sufficed!
Take this as your warning if you decide to watch The Devil All the Time: Yes, the dog dies.