Silence

Silence ★★★★★

It's definitely difficult to even start this review, so much is given in this film and its a ton to unpack and discuss about, quite overwhelming but in the best of ways. Also it's crazy that Scorsese made this film considering how different it is from his other projects, like The Wolf of Wall Street was pretty unique but this is just something else. This film is directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver,Yosuke Kubozuka, Tadanobu Asano,Issey Ogato,Shinya Tsukamoto, and Liam Neeson in this film that follows two missionaries on a seemingly impossible journey to find their missing mentor in Japan, but the country has banned catholicism...and brings upon some rather harsh punishments to those who are, which makes everything far more dangerous (and more compelling). Going into this film I didn't know what to expect, I wasn't expecting how upfront everything was with what was shown (pretty graphic and effective with its proper buildup), but what I really didn't see coming was just how personal and deep the story got, especially with our main lead who was played excellently by Andrew Garfield. The dude knocked it out of the park in this film and I really don't see enough people talking about how good he was. I enjoyed the fact that this film asked a lot of questions on religion yet still stayed rather faithful to what the overall message it was going for. And I feel as though the faith in this film was handled perfectly, and not only that but in a rather effective matter as it explores all kinds of it. The more I think of the film the more I feel as though it needs to marinate with me more, there's just so much to think about...it's insane. The whole experience that this gives off is sometimes soul crushing, while offering up faith it manages to sort of test its limits at times, really give you an insight on how it can effect the psyche of someone. Performances in this are fantastic, they're all genuinely perfect and the whole cast did a fantastic job. As someone who isn't too religious I can't say that this story hits too close to home for me, but I can imagine others really getting something out of this one. One thing about all of Scorsese's films is that they have passion in them, they were made with care and made to be the best film they could possibly be. And I believe that this is one of the best I've seen from Scorsese, just a raw and "beautiful" tale that takes place in a very interesting time in Japan. I don't want to spoil too much in this review which is why I kept it rather vague, if you intend on checking this out at some point then please do, it's a highest of recommendations from me.

Also the last shot in this film is literal perfection.

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