The Devil All the Time Is Tom Holland’s Most Underrated Film

Tom Holland may be best known for his performance as Peter Parker, but his most underrated role is undoubtedly in The Devil All the Time.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Spider-Man franchise have made Tom Holland a household name among moviegoers. But while many have seen his version of Peter Parker, the shadow of Spider-Man hasn’t stopped Holland from branching out. From The Lost City of Z to Cherry, he has tried various dramatic roles. And even though these films don’t always reach massive success, there has never been an instance where Holland was the film’s weak point. That said, for fans looking for a standout dramatic performance by the actor, the best place to look is The Devil All the Time.

The film is told initially through multiple perspectives and focuses on peoples’ actions when no one is watching. Whether it be taking advantage of people, manipulating their beliefs or abusing power, the film shows that few humans are free from sin. In Arvin’s (Tom Holland) case, the darkness he embraced came out of necessity and survival. Growing up in the south during the ’50s, he encountered all sorts of strange characters, from murderers to manipulative preachers. But when someone close to him died due to the manipulation of someone his town trusted, Arvin dealt with the weight of his next actions.


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Holland’s character grew up with a father that wasn’t totally abusive but did have a firm hand. Rather than be just like him, Arvin instead focused his repressed rage on protecting those he cared about. That’s why, when he failed to protect someone dear to him, he wrestled with embracing his darkness. Ultimately, he decided that he had to make a hard choice and resorted to murder to avenge his loved one and protect others who may suffer a similar fate. It’s a turning point for Arvin, who Holland played expertly. Rather than feel racked with guilt over committing murder, he felt certain about committing the act. And the only guilt he felt came from his failure to protect the one person he cared most for.


Once Arvin committed murder, he spent the rest of the film on the run, trying to make a better life for himself. However, his story led him to cross paths with various other dangerous people that were introduced earlier in the film. This included two murderers that Arvin also killed in self-defense. Ironically, he is continuously called a killer as he tries to reach freedom, but after the preacher, he committed each act to protect himself. While what he was doing felt like the actions of an adult, it was clear throughout the film that Arvin was just a kid forced to deal with adult choices before he was ready.


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Holland perfectly balanced the mental ordeal that Arvin’s character dealt with all his life. From a rough childhood to complicated adulthood, Arvin was a kind soul who was prone to flying off the handle. However, even when he completely lost himself, he was still a good person that wanted to protect those he loved. Nevertheless, he was forced to learn that every choice has a consequence, and the more mature that choice, the more dangerous the consequences.

The Devil All the Time is Holland’s most underrated performance because it showed a wide range of emotion and struggle that his character had to endure. And rather than go through the motions, Holland was able to show the constant mental strife that Arvin dealt with after each decision he made. He played his character smart but scared, which made him embody both a scared child and a young man growing colder with each kill.


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