The Devil All the Time Review


By: Amanda Guarragi

The Devil All the Time is a film that is adapted from the novel of the same name, written by Donald Ray Pollock. It has a wonderful cast of actors and it highlights their strengths, in this slow burn psychological thriller. The religious, Christian ideals are tested and what is considered “right”, is in the eye of the beholder.

There are moments in this film that are assembled and revealed so well, that the way everything unfolds, will make you question everyone’s morals. Director Antonio Campos, made some great choices and there are moments that will completely catch you off guard because of how graphic certain scenes are. Some characters have a more timid presence, so the more gruesome scenes were shocking.

On paper this cast is incredible but the way they are all placed and spread out in the film, left me underwhelmed. The first half of this film, we are introduced to Willard Russell (Bill Skarsgård) and Carl Henderson (Jason Clarke) in a restaurant. They are both very reserved but have something waiting to snap, in the veil behind their eyes. The men in this town, all had the same look, their eyes crazed, while having a timid demeanour.

Even though the central story is about the demons of lineage and family trauma, for Arvin Russell (Tom Holland), the women in this film were severely underused. How can you cast Haley Bennett, Mia Wasikowska, Riley Keough and Eliza Scanlen but underuse them? The women in this story, were used to further the plot of the men in the town and it was frustrating, given how much talent they have.

Photo: Cr. Glen Wilson/Netflix
(Left) Bill Skarsgård as Willard Russell, Michael Banks Repeta as Young Arvin Russell

It is a very slow film about Christians in the ’50s and how everyone’s morals can be tested, by what the correct way to live is. Everyone moves in secret, everyone has their demons, that is why the title of this film makes complete sense, the devil will tempt you at every turn, it is up to you and your compass, to decipher what is right or wrong, in the face of God.

The saviours of the second half of this film are Tom Holland, Eliza Scanlen and the King of accents himself… Robert Pattinson. After 40 minutes, the film picks up and we are taken into the lives of Arvin Russell (Tom Holland) and Lenora Lafferty (Eliza Scanlen) as a new Reverend comes into town, named Preston Teagardin (Robert Pattinson) and changes everyone’s lives.

The Devil All the Time seems like a very long journey, with all these characters, who all have something to hide, but turn to God, to guide them in what they consider, the “right” direction. Morals are tested, lives are at stake and the executioner, can be sitting right beside them in church. It has great performances and an ending, that will mirror your feelings by the end.

Make sure to check out The Devil All the Time on Netflix September 16th!

Spider-Man: Far From Home Review

This is the movie I was waiting for.

This is the Peter Parker/Spider-Man I always dreamed of.

Tom Holland is the best teenage version of this hero and I am so happy Spidey is in his hands. He has such a dorky innocence to him and he plays the character so effortlessly.

Far From Home was a perfect Spider-Man movie because it incorporated many different aspects from the comics. The script was very compact and the twists flowed extremely well. I loved that the simplicity of Peter wanting to tell MJ that he likes her was the main plot and that saving the world multiple times became the obstacle. It made sense from a teenage perspective and I thought there was a solid balance. What I appreciated was that the memory of Tony Stark didn’t overpower Parker’s Spider-Man like in Homecoming and that’s why I enjoyed it so much more. Tom Holland is his own hero now and this film truly proved that he’s capable of carrying that title, not of Iron Man but of Spider-Man.

The one aspect that stood out the most was Mysterio. Jake Gyllenhaal has easily become one of the best villains in the MCU and I am so happy that they used him to his full capability! Mysterio was an excellent choice to bring in the multiverse and a great way to bring one of the most visually stunning action scenes I’ve seen in a very long time!

This was so perfect and I know Stan and Steve would be so very proud of this film! The mid credit scene was probably my favourite one to ever exist, I audibly screamed and my entire theatre started cheering! DO NOT MISS THIS MOVIE OR THE CHANCE TO WATCH IT IN 3D!