Here is what critics have to say about the storyline of The Devil All The Time and its cast Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland, and Bill Skarsgard. The film dropped in August, and audiences could watch it from their home instead of going to theatres due to the global pandemic COVID-19.
The Devil All the Time is an American psychological thriller movie based on the novel of the same name written by author Donald Ray Pollock. The film is co-written and directed by Antonio Campos and produced by Randall Poster and Jake Gyllenhaal. The film stars Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland, Riley Keough, Bill Skarsgard, Haley Bennett, and Mia Wasikowska. It was released on 11 September 2020 in theatres and digitally released on Netflix on 16 September 2020. The Devil All the Time received mixed reviews from critics, who praised actors’ performances, especially Pattinson and Holland, but criticized the film’s violence and grim tone.
The film is announced in 2018, during a talk with the cast of the project. Eliza Scanlen and Bill Skarsgard joined the cast in January 2019. Due to some scheduling conflict, Sebastian Stan was replaced by Evan, who was recommended by Stan himself. And later, Harry Melling joined the cast. The filming started on 19 February 2019 in Alabama with Pell City, Anniston, Birmingham, and Montevallo.
The film got an approval rating of 67% based on 27 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average 6.59/10. It scored 55 out of 100 based on 11 critics on Metacritic.
The critic of IndieWire, Ryan Lattanzio, wrote: There is no reason to care about The Devil All the Time, which is a creation of Antonio Campos. It is a bloated, sweaty, and messy movie that flushes a knockout down the drain.
From Entertainment Weekly, Leah Greenblatt wrote: Antonio’s greatest feat might be that he could wrangle a story as unwieldy as Devil. It was toeing a tricky line between art-house atmosphere and Southern Gothic soap opera and managed to create a grim side of fascination.
According to John DeFore of THR: The film’s structure does not always work to maximum effect, though the grim picture gets more involved and benefits from the cast.
Matt Maytum of Total Film: Campos closely wedded to Pollock’sPollock’s book and allowed it to adjust to a new medium. But after going through the harrowing experience, the emotional payoff is relatively muted.
Based on the reviews, the audience can watch the movie for some great performances, whether they can catch up with the plot or not is a question to ask. The fans have to wait to see the film on streaming platforms (Netflix) until 16 September.
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