Silence is Golden.
Directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese, in his third religious based movie (after The Last Temptation of Christ and Kundun), Silence tells another fairly controversial story, based on actual historical facts. Set in the 16th century, the film tells the tale of two Portuguese Jesuit priests, Rodrigues and Garupe, who travel to Japan to go in search of a fellow padre and mentor Ferreira, who is missing and rumoured to have abandoned his faith. It's a dangerous mission as Christians
The performances are superb and bring this movie to the forefront. 'Mr 2nd Spiderman' Andrew Garfield brings a lot of depth and truthfulness to his role of Rodrigues. You can really see how passionate he is to his beliefs; a man of intense faith, as a priest would be, and won't be budged to think differently, despite the threat of execution from the Samurai officials. I give Spidey credit, it's not easy to bring on the waterworks and he sure cried a lot.
Adam Driver shows his versatility and is definitely an actor on the rise. In preparation for his role of Jesuit priest Garupe, he lost 30 pounds before filming and 20 pounds during filming. To see him so thin during the journey was quite disturbing, but shows his dedication to the art. And then there was the character of Kichijiro played by Yozuke Kubozuke; a Christian who constantly turns on his faith in order to save his life but always seeks confession from Father Rodrigues and be free of sin. Rodrigues always absolves him. Kichijiro is the most conflicted character in the film. He once saved himself but watched his whole family die from the Samurai police.
The ending had me conflicted and has me asking many questions (which is great). What message was the movie trying to convey? What was the moral of the story? Should we give up our beliefs in order to make society happy? Was this a pro or anti-christian movie? I'm not sure but I guess that's not relevant.
While I do feel Silence went way too long and was a tad tedious in places, Scorsese's passion project, which was has been in the works since 2002, is a new high for the veteran director. While not a masterpiece, it's a very strong follow up to the highly acclaimed The Wolf of Wall Street and it's all because of the beautiful yet haunting backdrop and the performances of all involved including Liam Neeson who plays the missing Father Ferreira in a small yet pivotal role. Worth your time but like I've mentioned, may not be for everyone.
Written by Matthew
Daniel Day Lewis, Gael Garcia Bernal and Benicio Del Toro were originally set to play the three main characters but due to constant production delays, they pulled out and were replaced by Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver.
I pray but I am lost. Am I just praying to silence?