Movie Review: Silence

The price for your glory is their suffering!

Silence is directed by Martin Scorsese it stars Andrew Garfiled, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson.

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Silence tells the story of two Jesuit priests who travels to Japan to find their mentor, Liam Neeson. Unfortunately at a time where Christianity is frowned upon, the priests have to tread lightly in the country in order not to be caught by the inquisitor.


The Good

This movie is gorgeous, from the set location to the muted colours and costume design, the movie looks incredible, with a forty million budget the movie looks like it was filmed with at least a hundred million.

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The performances are also great with very little flaw on the acting. Issei Ogata, steals the show as the inquisitor who was phenomenal in his role. Though credit is also given to both Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver who also gave great performances.

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The story is the main driving point of the film with Scorsese directing, we know we’re gonna get something epic and that’s exactly what we have here. It’s an incredibly gloomy and depressing at times with very little respite from the heavy mood that the film is resonating. However the conflicting ideas is what keeps this movie interesting, the stubbornness of one man led by his fate versus a man who recognizes a move bent on colonialism. It makes a very interesting clash of wills.


The Bad

The movie however has some flaws, one being it’s two hours and forty minute long. The long silent moments in the first act drags this movie out tremendously.

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Another issue is the consistencies with it’s characters, mainly Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield who are meant to be Portuguese priest yet their accents disappears half way through the movie.


Rating

Overall Silence is a harrowing film about faith, colonialism and one person’s vanity. The movie is beautiful to look at and the cinematography is incredible, you wouldn’t expect nothing less with Martin Scorsese and with Silence he delivers.

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Our main characters were also great especially with Andrew Garfield who’s giving it his all. The Japanese characters were given plenty of depth and aren’t treated as background characters but rather factors that plays into the story’s plot. Silence is a memorable movie, with strong performances and a story worth watching.

Good Bad 4/5
  • Great Performances
  • The Inquisitor
  • Unforgettable Story
  • Long Running Time
  • Inconsistent Character Development