Martin Scorsese‘s pet project, in the making since years, is finally releasing in a few days. SILENCE tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) – at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. The celebrated director’s 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel to life will be in theaters this Christmas.
The reviews have finally started coming in, so let’s see what the major critics have to say about it:
1. Martin Scorsese rounds out his trilogy of faith-focused epics with this challenging, yet beautiful spiritual journey. Scorsese has created a taxing film that will not only hold up to multiple viewings, but practically demands them. – Variety (Thumbs up)
2. Scorsese’s brutal spiritual epic will scald – and succor – your soul. It’s a film full of tight close-ups of hands accepting gifts that comfort, inspire and bring succour to their recipients’ souls. That’s how we should receive it. – Telegraph UK (Thumbs Up)
3. Despite the bumpiness of the initial stretch and the intense but narrow conception of the leading roles, Silence gets to where it wants to go, which is to stand as Scorsese’s own reckoning with the religion he was raised in and takes seriously, and which has arguably fueled so much of the inner turmoil and angst that has marked much of his work; this can rightly be regarded as a considerable feat. – The Hollywood Reporter (Thumbs Up)
4. Deals explicitly with the pain of doubt, God’s silence in the face of suffering, and apostasy versus martyrdom; it’s a welcome change of pace, even if it’s not always effectively rendered. – TheWrap (Thumbs Up)
5. Scorsese has hit the rare heights of Ingmar Bergman and Carl Theodor Dreyer, artists who found in religion a battleground that often left the strongest in tatters. It’s a movie desperately needed at a moment when bluster must yield to self-reflection. – Time Out (Thumbs Up)
6. Silence boasts a visual and emotional complexity that has the effect of being open for all and permitting to none. – The Film Stage (Thumbs Up)
7. Uneven, sometimes repetitive but also powerfully moving and thought-provoking, “Silence” is an imperfect movie that’s very hard to shake. – Screen International (Thumbs Up)
8. One of the most profound films of Scorsese’s career. It stirs inside and percolates an intelligent internal conversation. – Collider (Thumbs Up)
9. Whatever your faith, this battle is provocative drama philosophically. If oppressors are demanding you renounce your faith, do you go along with it to save lives, not only yours but hundreds or thousands of others? Or do you die for your beliefs? – We Live Entertainment (Thumbs Up)
So the acclaim is unanimous! Silence seems to be a slow burn masterpiece!! How excited are you?