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Pointless and excruciatingly boring.
Well acted but dull and pretentious. I feel as if the story was written backwards. I think Paul Schrader had an ending in mind and then shoehorned some limp environmentalist nonsense into it. Not recommended.
Grapples with eternal questions of faith, to be sure, but confronts just as powerfully, if not more so, the urgent matter of how to live a good, useful life in the turbulent here and the terrifying now. First Reformed has its steeple in the clouds and its foundation on solid ground.
First Reformed is the type of film that leaves you with more profound questions than answers. You’ll probably need to see it two, maybe three times to really soak it up, but even after a single viewing, it left me completely awestruck.
Thoughtful, moving, overreaching and uncompromising, First Reformed is a tremendously tormented work from writer-director Paul Schrader.
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- Amanda Seyfried
- Ethan Hawke
- Cedric the Entertainer
- Michael Gaston
- Van Hansis
- Victoria Hill
- Philip Ettinger
- Gary Lee Mahmoud
- Elanna White
- Kristin Villanueva
Did You Know?
- Writer/director Paul Schrader stated in an interview this film would be different from what he has ever done, calling it a film more in the vein of Ingmar Bergman, Robert Bresson and Andrei Tarkovsky.
- In each of the cafe scenes at the mega church, the coffee cups still have the manufacturer stickers on the bottoms.
- Reverend Ernst Toller: Well somebody's got to do something!