First Reformed

First Reformed ★★★★

Brilliant work by Schrader and Hawke. It's writing and direction like this that have made Schrader an artist of great stature. And it's a performance such as this that shows the impressive growth of Hawke as an actor. I often found him to be very limited in his range, with only subgenre stuff or some more comedic parts being effective. Here, he shows the maturity and experience of his years going fully into his portrayal of a very torn being who sincerely wants to do good for people and feel worthy of his post.