First Reformed

First Reformed ★★★★★

Paul Schrader’s questions about religion’s place in a modern political world. Symbolic and conflicting symbols of radicalism and corporatism pushing up against one another. Schrader’s film and world are haunted, haunted by the past, and potentially doomed by the future. The individual caught in the middle of these forces and questions pushed to a psychological brink between violence and love. Your answer to the ambiguous ending probably reflects more of where you are at mentally with the current march of the world more than the film’s literal meaning. But that's the thing, a great piece of art can be there to ask questions, force yourself to look in the mirror, and carry on a dialogue with you. This does that. It’s nothing but a modern masterwork in my estimation.

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