How sad is this?
Best movie ever!
This is one of the few movies I've ever seen where the whole audience broke into spontaneous, loud applause a third of the way in.
Through painfully honest and emotional moments, the movie becomes irresistibly relatable
Sooooo shocked about the outcome of this movie. If not for the ending this movie would've been a contender for one of the best ever made, but Schrader just didn't want/know how to resolve this one. If the runtime was about 10 minutes longer with a more thought-out resolution I would've considered this movie flawless as a character study. Shame. With that said still one of the best movies I've seen this year.
I went to see this movie because it was the highest rated movie playing in the nearby theater. The movie itself was extremely hard to sit through. The plot was weak, incredibly slow, and the characters were unrealistic in the worst way.
A thought-provoking character study of a man tormented by his past, struggling with his present & concerned about the future, First Reformed sets itself up well over the course of its runtime with matters of religion & environment, only to throw it all away in the end.The story concerns a priest of a small congregation whose life spirals out of control after a meeting with a radical environmentalist & his pregnant wife as he soon finds himself grappling with mounting despair brought upon by tragedy, ecology worries & his own dark past.Directed by Paul Schrader, this is my first stint with his directorial efforts and for the most part, the film had my attention. The interplay between characters about lofty themes and how God comes into all of it is quite interesting. The questions it asks have no easy answers. And the central character is compelling too.But what began as a silent meditation on religion, ecology, corporate corruption & our own responsibilities deviates from its path in the next half and even when you come to terms with the sharp turn it took and are on board with where the plot is headed, the film throws another curveball by ending abruptly, leaving you feeling cheated.Ethan Hawke shines in his role by presenting a very nuanced portrait of a man still coping with his past before another tragedy strikes, the aftermath of which shakes his faith in humanity and compels him to take a drastic action. To further reflect his somber life is the muted colour palette while the brooding score brims with a hint of menace.On an overall scale, First Reformed begins on a promising note, manages to keep the interest alive in the middle segments but falls apart in the third act that's much different than what was expected from it and the abrupt cut to end credits feels like a cop-out. It's not the conclusion the film goes for but how it concludes is what irks here. In short, it required a proper closure.
Don't waste your time.... absolutely appalling
That's 2 hours of my life that I would like back.
How did this ever get green lit to be made into a movie.