This film really moved the audience when I saw it - I mean it moved them out the door. Rarely have I seen so many people leave the theatre before the film ended. I was going to say this film is slow, but that would be an exaggeration, it never really begins. Okay, I get it that priests are forbidden to be in Japan and the practise of Catholicism is punishable by a scalding hot shower (a bit like the flat I lived in when a student). But that takes up 75% of the film, it becomes repetitious. I'm only focusing on the film here, this is what I went to see. It's another conversation if the film prompts you to admire the stoicism of the Catholics in Seventeenth Century Japan who endured the most brutal persecution rather than renounce their faith. I'm sure Pope Francis must love this film.
I absolutely loved this film. 5 stars from me.
There's a really good film struggling to get out at the heart of Silence. Unfortunately, it takes up only about 10 minutes of the run time of the film that Scorsese has made. When characters are debating the nature of religion, comparing the differences and similarities of Judeo-Christianity to Buddhism, discussing the merits (or lack thereof) of trying to force Christianity onto the Japanese, it's dynamite. Unfortunately, the rest of the film is made up of Spider-Man staring into space, people watching other people from afar, and Jesus literally talking to one of the main characters. It's anchored by not one but two of the most asinine voiceovers since Blade Runner. It's also spectacularly self-indulgent (and I say that as a Terrence Malick fan, so you can imagine how bad it is).
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