First Reformed (2/3 Hats)

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Austinn Says Hats On:

‘First Reformed’: I Am the Way, the Inconvenient Truth, and the Life. (5/10)

I don’t even know what to think of this movie. The 4:3 aspect ratio and the artsy cinematography were a little annoying at times. The acting all around was fantastic. The ending did not provide closure to the story. There was a lot of great commentary on both faith and climate change. The main character was interesting, but I did not respect many of his decisions. I will give the movie a lot of credit for effectively eliciting some strong emotions, like empathy, suspense, and anger. #expectantmotherMary #Tollerhouse #planetBalq #dothewritething #thechurchwillfightusveryhardonthis


Kelvin Says Hats Off:

Recently Saw “First Reformed” – Acts of the Apostasy. Conclusion: 9/10. When the focus is not on being preachy and the storytellers focus on the challenges of faith, movies about people of faith, like any other, can be profoundly powerful. As is the case with “First Reformed.” The film centers around a priest, Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke), of a small church who finds himself deeply challenged in his beliefs by a tragedy that ensues after an encounter with a despondent activist and his concerned wife (Amanda Seyfried). The performances led by Hawke and Seyfried are grounded but ever-so powerful in their vulnerability. The torment and feltness of Hawke’s character perfectly demonstrate why he has become such a premier actor in recent years. Of course, as in any tragedy that strikes in an exceptionally personal manner, the questions and introspection that result are quite imposing. His faith is never lost, but a transformation is undertaken. Through Hawke’s majestic performance, the movie ponders some of the more uncomfortable aspects of institutionalized faith and what the implications of some of these otherwise overlooked things are. However, the movie never veers into being preachy. The humility of Hawke’s Reverend Toller and his feelings of responsibility and guilt are not let off the hook. These emotions certainly drive the vision his character pursues, but the movie invites us to be challenged at every step along the way. Sometimes we depart from Toller’s conclusions, but the weightiness of them keep the audience attached. For his part, we see the road Toller departs down, even if it is presented a bit vaguely. While it might seem flippant in the end, the movie knows that anymore answers at this point rest on the viewer to decide. #ElevatorToHeaven #TollerPower #EarthWindBrimstoneAndFire #InconvenientTruthToPower #IDidntPlanetThatWay


Adam Says Hats Off:

Saw First Reformed – There Is no Planet B

Rating as follows:
Total: 8.5/10
Cinematography (1.7): 1.5
Overall Acting (1.6): 1.4
Writing (1.5): 1.3
Cohesion of Story (1.2): 1.0
Score/Sound Mixing (1.1): 0.8
Best Category – Writing (1.0): 0.9
Depth of Plot (1.0): 0.9
Character Development (0.5): 0.3
Overall Message (0.4): 0.4

I love a good, dark movie that calls into question norms, especially when it comes to the church. This was right up my alley! First Reformed asks the question both figuratively and literally “shouldn’t the church be talking about this?” In this case, the movie was talking about how we care for the earth. I love movies that do that, especially from non-religious film makers. While it is a little slow at times, it’s slowly building in thoughts and on-screen actions. I’d highly recommend seeing it once it comes to streaming services/rental. But, be prepared for some darkness and deep thoughts from the main character.

#TollerHolyRoller #SomeLikeItHot #MemoirsOfAPastor #ExplosiveSermon

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