I was lured into the theatre by high reviews on IMDB, but after seeing this abomination, I felt I owed it to viewers to warn them off. The movie wasted the talented Ethan Hawke, and what could have been a tantalizing environmental theme, by growing into a festering boil of incompetent writing and direction. This movie should be fodder for Mystery Science Theatre 3000.
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First Reformed (2018)
A priest of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.
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Forty-six year old Reverend Ernst Toller is the pastor at the historic First Reformed Church in upstate New York. It is seen as the "tourist" church or the "souvenir shop" (its historical significance partly it being a stop on the underground railroad before the slaves crossed into Canada) by Abundant Life, which owns the church and which operates a modern self-named five thousand seat church overseen by Reverend Joel Jeffers. First Reformed is celebrating its two hundred fiftieth anniversary this year, for which a major event is planned, modest in size only at First Reformed itself although the dignitaries like the governor and mayor will be at attendance there, while the event will be simulcast at Abundant Life. Most of the speech-making will be done by local industrialist Ed Balq, a major benefactor of Abundant Life and who is the major donor for the necessary upgrades at First Reformed to be able to hold the event there, and for the event itself, while Toller's participation will ...
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Worst Ending ImaginableReviewed byTimMath-545-333580Vote: 2/10
Phrases like "crisis of faith" are common to interviews of this movie. While that is touched on in the movie it's much more than that and is arguably one of the most intense studies of an individual wrestling with personal demons I've ever seen.
What is most impressive is how First Reformed uses real world situations including the environment, organized religion, politics, and alcoholism as a backdrop for the main character's journey through despair.
That said, what is the point of this meticulously scripted, photographed, acted, edited, and directed film?
Each serious adult viewer of this film will come away with is his or her own unique perspective. The following is my own.
The story: Rev. Ernst Toller, having suffered the death of a child and a failed marriage, is assigned to run a tiny centuries-old church in upstate New York. Once a stop for a escaped slaves in the Underground Railroad, the church's tiny congregation is dwindling and the church serves as little more than a "tourist church."
Totter, descending into alcoholism and experiencing severe personal medical problems, begins to write a personal journal to help him work through his own despair. Into his life comes a young woman, now pregnant, whose husband, an over-the-top environmental activist, thinks it's wrong to bring another child into a decaying world.
She asks Toller to speak with her husband. He does so. The resulting conversation is the centerpiece of the film. For the first time we see Toller wrestle with another person's beliefs while realizing he cannot do so without coming to terms with his own. The events that follow further tie Toller into the events and people that surround him, sometimes with tragic results.
This is the first film in my memory when, having just seen the film at a local theater, I wanted to get a copy of the script to read, it's that good. I don't think there is a lot of improvisation here. If there is, the actors and the director are remarkably synchronized, even in the small parts. Everyone is very convincing. Ethan Hawke as the main character has received much deserved praise but, really, everyone is excellent.
I'm glad that in this world of special effects laden action and superhero films it is still possible to make and see movies like First Redemption. Putting together the financing for this film given its high production values and story intensity may not have been easy. For now, though, everyone involved can be justly proud of this excellent and mature film.
What an annoying and infuriatingly bad film. A new low bar. People in the theater laughed and groaned at the end. What a waste of talent. Heavy handed and clumsy writing. I don't understand how this train wreck of a film is being seen as anything more than the mess that it is.