Cast: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson and Ciarán Hinds
Director: Martin Scorcese
Synopsis: Two Jesuit Priest’s (Andrew Garfield & Adam Driver) travel to Japan to spread Christianity throughout the country and locate their mentor (Liam Neeson)
‘Silence’ is the latest Film from Martin Scorcese and easily one of his best. The story tells of the dedication and struggle of Christian Priest’s during an era in Japan when Christianity was forbidden. It shows how people will do anything for their religion, as depicted In this movie you watch the intense struggling these 2 Jesuit’s go through in order to spread their faith. There’s sequences in which these Priest’s are strapped to crucifixes in the ocean being forced to renounce their religion and damn Christian symbols. It’s a gruelling film and extremely hard to watch in some instances but paired with gorgeous cinematography, your eyes are glued to the screen.
Andrew Garfield’s acting is phenomenal and is one of the most underrated actors working today. In fact, the acting from everyone is stellar, it shows that Scorcese really knew what he was doing when he was casting these actors. It took Scorcese 25+ years to develop ‘Silence’ and it really shows in this outstanding, staggering masterpiece. He put every ounce of effort into it, evident through his incredible storytelling.
The film’s runtime is long but it needed to be, the plot was a long story to tell which meant I was extremely glad to see that the pacing was perfect. I felt that no sequences in this film were rushed or dragged on in anyway, but had the right length to depict this kind of story.
‘Silence’ is based on the novel of the same name written by Shusaku Endo which is also an excellent book but I felt the direction from Scorcese topped the book by a long shot in my opinion.
I could not find any flaws with this masterpiece at all and there is nothing I would change. It really is a perfect film and one of the greatest films I’ve ever seen. It floored me. Watching the way these poor people were treated just because of their beliefs is sickening, but it’s depicted masterfully through out the duration of the film and it was an incredible experience to watch it on the big screen. I hope you guys had the privelage as well. ‘Silence’ was my third favourite film of last year and it was deserving of that position in every way from the cinematography to the location and to the acting, I 100% recommend you watch this modern masterpiece and I hope you appreciate it as much as I did, an absolute 10/10