The Devil All the Time, is one of the most anticipated Netflix releases this month, based on the novel written by Donald Ray Pollock, shows us that the duality of love produces virtuosity and pain at the same time; Now available on the platform.
Throughout the long history of The devil all the time, which unfolds through generations, families and two wars that shaped them all, men go to the forest in search of God and instead find the horror, usually of their own creation. This horror extends to the small rural towns of Knockemstiff, Ohio and Coal River, West Virginia, usually under the shadow of a cross or not far from one. In this film, being a God-fearing person is a futile exercise because this is a Godless land.
Netflix’s film, based on the acclaimed novel of the same name, is a rural gothic tale of slow motion that begins with Willard Russell (Bill Skarsgård) returning home from the Pacific War. He forms a family and his traumas become the traumas of a violent man who tries and fails to compensate for his shortcomings with faith. In time, his wife Charlotte (Haley Bennett) succumbs to the disease and dies, and Russell never recovers, dying by suicide and leaving his son Arvin (Tom Holland) an orphan.
As The Devil all the time settles into Arvin’s adolescence, approximately 45 minutes into, where he remains mostly, a new series of tragedies, beginning with the arrival of an opportunistic and sordid preacher (Robert Pattinson), he pulls together the disparate strands of the films for a frightening but quiet ending.
Narrated by the author of the book on which the film is based, the devil at all times acquires the texture of a novel. His talented cast offers performances that are compelling to watch even when they are deeply unpleasant, but the cleverly filmed film does not take advantage of the many sad images that fill each frame. War lurks at the edges of this story and God lurks in his heart an homage to misery made with love.