First Reformed

I was shaken as I left the theater. The abrupt ending was chilling. Ethan Hawke plays a priest with a spiritual and health crisis. This surely is his finest two hours as an actor. The journaling film narration by Ethan gives the film gravitas. Politically charged with deep religious conviction makes this a rough film to sit through. There is one sequence of transcendental beauty where Ethan and Amanda Seyfried face each other in a lying position on the floor. Their bodies begin to rise and float as the images become other worldly. Paul Schrader’s script is pure poetry. His direction may stumble but your mind will never leave the screen.

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