Silence screened for the New York Film Critics and for the National Board of Review. From many accounts so far, it is a very strong film with a deep meditation on faith, something Martin Scorsese has consistently touched on throughout his career despite becoming a lapsed Catholic. Scorsese has always expressed himself in dichotomous ways when it comes to morality, especially when you compare films like The Departed, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, and The Wolf of Wall Street vs. films like The Last Temptation of Christ, Kundun, even Hugo, and now Silence. In some ways, Scorsese approaches music and film the way he did faith or religion, which explains his devout devotion to each.
That he’s made Silence now in his career after having made The Wolf of Wall Street is interesting. Perhaps, you could say, it’s a bit of a cleansing of the soul after facing down the soulless darkness of greed and excess. We will be seeing Silence on the 4th of December, but here are a few of the tweets that came out today:
There is silence no more. After screening for hundreds of priests at the Vatican yesterday, the floodgates for reactions to Martin Scorsese‘s Silence have now opened. While an official review embargo is still set for later this month, select critics in New York and Los Angeles had the chance to see the director’s long-gestating adaptation of Shūsaku Endō‘s novel and, for the most part, it sounds like it was worth the wait. Ahead of our review, check out the reactions below (and we’ll add more as they arrive) along with a link to the full score, now available to stream.
I saw SILENCE twice today. First time, I was absorbed, impressed, moved. Second time, I was in tears. One of Scorsese’s greatest films.
Martin Scorsese’s 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 December.
Silence will begin its release on December 23 before expanding in January.