Netflix’s The Devil All the Time, out this week, was supposed to be the ensemble film of the year. Spider-Man du jour Tom Holland takes a dramatic turn as the central character Alvin, while Bill Skarsgård, Riley Keough, Jason Clarke, Sebastian Stan, Haley Bennett, Eliza Scanlen, and Mia Wasikowska also appear in this dark and disturbing adaptation of author Donald Ray Pollock’s postwar Gothic of the same name.
I wish I could tell you more about their performances, but by the end of the film, the only thing I could think about was Robert Pattinson.
It’s admittedly baffling that the former Harry Potter and Twilight star somewhere along the line morphed into one of the greatest living actors, but it’s even more baffling still that he keeps somehow getting cast in secondary roles where he then effortlessly snatches the movie away from the sorry souls who’d signed up thinking they were going to get to be the “leads.” How has no one learned better yet? You don’t want to be in a movie with this guy; he’s only going to steal the show.
The Devil All the Time is only the latest example. In it, Pattinson plays a small town West Virginian preacher, Reverend Preston Teagardin, who doesn’t show up until 55 minutes into the film’s 138-minute runtime (Pattinson picked out the role personally). While this is a movie populated by serial killers, delusional preachers, corrupt cops, thugs, and henchmen, Pattinson still makes the most chilling first impression of all when he dips two fingers into the juices of Alvin’s grandmother’s welcome offering of chicken livers and licks them clean. Reverend Teagardin later takes interest in Alvin’s adopted teenage sister Lenora (Scanlen), and, when the inevitable consequences result, he delivers a sermon that includes a drawn-out howl of “deeee-LUUUU-sions” that made me jump in my seat. (Pattinson, a Brit, loves accent work, and really invests in his nasally southern drawl, which he reportedly kept a secret until his first day of shooting). Later, when Reverend Teagardin’s fortunes reverse and he has to grovel for his life before Alvin, Pattinson’s embodiment of pathetic desperation makes the scene one of my favorites of the year. His final appearance in the movie is around the 102nd minute mark, still leaving nearly 40 minutes of the film to unspool after he’s left.
@NetflixFilm Since when did Robert Pattinson randomly shouting “DELUSIONS!!!” become the greatest two seconds of acting ever?!?!?!? pic.twitter.com/pgInaGDDAW
— Malcolm Hollis (he/him) (@malcolm_hollis) September 6, 2020
Pattinson’s pedophile preacher in some ways most closely resembles his French dauphin, Louis, in the 2019 Shakespeare adaptation The King, although not because there are any overt similarities between the characters. (For all the variance between Pattinson’s films, the majority of his better roles still tend to be mysterious and threatening characters, a typecasting he’s not quite managed to shake from his vampire days — though it’s also part of what makes his upcoming turn …read more
Source:: The Week – Entertainment