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Review: Silence

Silence
01.05.2017
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PLOT: Two 17th century Jesuit priests (Andrew Garfield & Adam Driver) travel to Japan to find their former mentor, a priest (Liam Neeson) who has apparently renounced his faith.

REVIEW: SILENCE is a film only Martin Scorsese could have made and, to read this history behind it, one he was compelled to make. A companion piece to his THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST, SILENCE, based on Shūsaku Endō’s novel, is another story of violently opposed faith, but not one of the hero’s martyrdom. His hero this time around, Andrew Garfield’s Sebastião Rodrigues, is willing to become a martyr for his faith – the conflict is whether he’ll allow the innocent Japanese Christians who follow him (in a time of severe religious persecution) to suffer the same fate.

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At two hours and forty minutes, SILENCE is a punishing film. While he’s made lengthier movies, this feels longer than the fast-paced THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (which clocked-in at three hours). Glacially paced, Scorsese doesn’t make it easy on his audience, to the extent that he doesn’t even give the audience the easy release of a musical score (Kim Allen & Kathryn Kluge’s compositions are played at a barely audible level). Even Scorsese’s most devoted fans (and I’m one) will find this a hard watch, but that’s likely just the way he wanted it.

Entertainment does not seem to be a priority for Scorsese here. He wants his audience to be troubled by what they’re watching and to ask themselves questions. It’s a hard film to review, given that there’s so much to chew on. Walking out of it last night, I was shaken and disturbed by what I had seen, and I couldn’t imagine submitting to it for a second viewing – but again, I think that’s exactly the reaction Scorsese wanted to provoke. A true master of the form, nothing about his work is accidental.

As usual, it’s impeccably made, with the location shooting in Taiwan dynamic despite being a stand-in for Japan. The cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto is often dazzling. You could choose any frame from the film and random and be dazzled by how perfectly composed it is. The performances are also exceptional, with Garfield once again impressing in his second faith-based role of the year. Evoking both compassion and stubbornness, his Rodrigues is the ideal tortured Scorsese hero, and Garfield never plays him as too noble or Christ-like. Rather, his martyr complex seems partly born of ego.

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Adam Driver also impresses as the more impulsive of the two priests, bringing his signature, unconventional presence to the part. By contrast, Liam Neeson is mostly absent until the third act, but his full-on movie star dynamism proves essential, as his Father Ferreira is supposed to be someone who holds sway over his subordinates. You believe him in the part. The Japanese actors are uniformly great, with Yōsuke Kubozuka alternately amusing and enraging as the Judas-like guide, while Tadanobu Asano plays a suave interpreter for the Japanese court persecuting the Christians.

All that said, I’m not sure how to grade SILENCE, and this is a case where a number grade feels too simple a rating. It’s not a question of good or bad – SILENCE is a good film. Is it an entertaining one? Probably not. THE MISSION is a more traditionally entertaining exploration of a similar crisis of faith, and Scorsese’s own THE LAST TEMPATION OF CHRIST is far more stirring. Rather than aim for the heart, SILENCE aims for the head. Still, a part of me wishes Scorsese had made this an easier film to take in, and it’s one of the few ones from his canon that I won’t be in a rush to see again. It’s the type of film one submits to rather than watches, but if there’s any living filmmaker I’d submit to, it’s Scorsese.

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4:07PM on 01/05/2017

in my 2016 top ten...

IMHO, this is one of Marty best movie, I understand some critics, but I was amazed how powerful the movie was and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Cannot wait to see it again !
IMHO, this is one of Marty best movie, I understand some critics, but I was amazed how powerful the movie was and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Cannot wait to see it again !
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3:28PM on 01/05/2017
I just saw Silence on Monday, and personally I think it's hands down the best movie I've seen from 2016. Now granted, there are times where you have to differentiate between "best film" and "favorite film." Bumbray's right, it's not a crowd pleaser, in that regard I'd compare it almost to something like Tree of Life, but as a competent work of art, it's near flawless. I really love Scorsese's films, but I recognize that he has a very uneven filmography.That being said I think that this is
I just saw Silence on Monday, and personally I think it's hands down the best movie I've seen from 2016. Now granted, there are times where you have to differentiate between "best film" and "favorite film." Bumbray's right, it's not a crowd pleaser, in that regard I'd compare it almost to something like Tree of Life, but as a competent work of art, it's near flawless. I really love Scorsese's films, but I recognize that he has a very uneven filmography.That being said I think that this is easily in his top 5. In fact, if people generally regards Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, GoodFellas, and The Departed as his top four,then this should round out a pretty canonical top 5 pretty nicely. For my part, I think it's better than The Departed, even though I personally enjoyed that film more.
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2:02PM on 01/05/2017

Great review, Chris

Honestly this is probably the fairest and most accurate review of Silence I've read. I walked out of that film exhausted. Part of me want even sure why Scorsese felt the need to make it as it wasn't "entertaining" by any stretch of the imagination. As the days passed, I realized was still thinking about Silence and the crushing themes it posed. In the end what at times during the viewing seemed almost maudlin eventually gave way to introspection about faith and the loss thereof. Maybe that
Honestly this is probably the fairest and most accurate review of Silence I've read. I walked out of that film exhausted. Part of me want even sure why Scorsese felt the need to make it as it wasn't "entertaining" by any stretch of the imagination. As the days passed, I realized was still thinking about Silence and the crushing themes it posed. In the end what at times during the viewing seemed almost maudlin eventually gave way to introspection about faith and the loss thereof. Maybe that was his plan all along.

I'm a huge Marty fan and while I think Silence is worth watching (Garfield in particular is excellent) I agree that it will be quite a while if I ever at all revisit it.
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12:14PM on 01/05/2017
It's absolutely gorgeous and compelling, but I'm not sure that I would call it entertaining. It is quite slow in parts, but it really makes you think about religion and is expertly done. It is very beautiful, and if you aren't going to see it in a theater I would say don't bother. It's a big movie and demands to be seen on the big screen. I imagine the large slower chunks will be unbearable on a small screen.
It's absolutely gorgeous and compelling, but I'm not sure that I would call it entertaining. It is quite slow in parts, but it really makes you think about religion and is expertly done. It is very beautiful, and if you aren't going to see it in a theater I would say don't bother. It's a big movie and demands to be seen on the big screen. I imagine the large slower chunks will be unbearable on a small screen.
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12:14PM on 01/05/2017
Oops this was meant to be a reply to The_Soloist
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10:39AM on 01/05/2017
Movie looks expertly made and beautifully shot and executed, but this might be a home vieiwig for me instead considering how lengthy the film is and how heavy the content seems to be. But again, length isn't as issue if the film is well written, performed, and entertaining, so I don't know.
Movie looks expertly made and beautifully shot and executed, but this might be a home vieiwig for me instead considering how lengthy the film is and how heavy the content seems to be. But again, length isn't as issue if the film is well written, performed, and entertaining, so I don't know.
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12:07PM on 01/05/2017
Hey, happy new year to you, too.
Hey, happy new year to you, too.
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