~If in the midst of suffering and trials, what if God is silent?~ Scorsese's 25 yr passion project has instantly jumped into my top 5 films of all time list, which is rare for a film that I've only seen once. But believe me when I say that this statement is not hyperbolic.
The question posed above is one that I've been wrestling with for some time now. Though I have served on the mission field and have had my share of trials (frankly the last year has been none too kind), it's nothing compared to what the Jesuit priests and the Japanese Christians experience in this picture. But every once in a while, something comes into your life right when you needed it. That was what "Silence" is to me. And maybe that, in and of itself, answers the question?
Make no mistake, this film is as brutal as it is beautiful. The technical prowess exhibited by Scorsese and his crew is nothing short of exemplary. This might be one of the most gorgeous works in his filmography. And I would be remiss not to mention the fantastic performances in "Silence". Andrew Garfield has never given a better performance in my opinion and should have been nominated for his portrayal as Father Rodrigues rather than "Hacksaw Ridge". But his is not the only noteworthy performance, as the whole cast excels. Special shout outs to Liam Neeson (Father Ferreira), Adam Driver (Father Garupe), Tadanobu Asano (Interpreter) and Yosuke Kubozuka (Kichijiro). So how does Scorsese answer the question that he poses? Well, it is not something that I can delve too deep into, as to avoid spoiling the film for those who have yet to see it. However, "Silence" is one of the most powerful, honest, challenging, profound and spiritually edifying films I've ever seen (and certainly the best film I've seen in a while). I challenge my peers (especially those whom are Christian artists) that this is what we should strive for as creators. In an era of disappointing "Faith-based" films that are content with putting out trash, "Silence" is more than just a breath of fresh air: it is a lifeline.
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