Cert: 15 Runtime: 161 mins Director: Martin Scorsese Cast: Andrew Garfiled, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Yosuke Kubozuka and Ciaran Hinds
The price for your glory is their suffering!
Silence a film 28 years in the making! Martin Scorsese one of the last few true masters of cinema has returned. Silence has had a frustrating build up, no trailer or promo until literally a few months before release. Most of us questioned will it ever be released? As mentioned Scorsese has tried to make Silence for some time now and finally we are here. So what is Silence about? In the 17th century, young Portugese Jesuit priests Sebastiao Rodrigues and Francisco Garrpe (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) travel to Japan to locate their mentor, Father Cristovao Ferreira (Liam Neeson). On a journey to preach the Gospel and the word of Christ, they come face to face with appalling Christian persecution in an unfamiliar land.
Scorsese filmed Silence in the mindset of Akira Kurosawa in my humble opinion. This is why I believe Silence works as a film. Scorsese pays homage to Japan’s greatest director in Silence. Scorsese is reminding us that nature is never silent throughout, and rarely is the human mind. Just like The Last Temptation of Christ. Andrew Garfield’s Rodrigues is humanised. He’s temperamental, doubtful, even hopeless at times. Always burdened by this divine responsibility. Garfield brings great warmth to the role, and an agonising, largely internalised passion. We are left with more questions than answers – which is fine, because they are questions we can all ask of ourselves.The main question of Silence is, if a person’s faith is not permitted how do you continue within that belief? One might argue, is actually given strength by repressive rules, driven deeper, into the soul of the individual.
The entire cast in this movie is great. Liam Neeson isn’t in much of this film, but when he is the subtlety of his performance is outstanding, specifically his interaction with Andrew Garfield, the awkwardness and genuineness of it is great. Andrew Garfield once again takes the role of a religious man who has his faith tested and is hunted by the Japanese in Japan. In all honesty, The characters and the films are very different. Adam Driver stole most of the scenes he was in, particularly towards the back end of the film. Tadanobu Asano and Yôsuke Kubozuka special mentions too great casting indeed.Silence is a deep and thought provoking piece and establishes a lot of questions we must ask ourselves.