Andrew Garfield

Silence

Martin Scorsese is a master class director who continuously exceeds expectations. Silence is an outstanding addition to his lengthy filmography and it has left me speechless, deeply moved and somewhat enlightened. He is a master, a true visionary and he has created such vivid images in this piece that have made me emotional. There are religious symbols in Christian faith that are held with the utmost love and respect and he used them in such a powerful way. Expertly crafted in every single way, with a powerful screenplay and exemplary performances, specifically Andrew Garfield whose work is remarkable. His passion project is a monumental expedition of spirituality, culture and faith no matter what you believe in. He pulls on emotional strings that you never thought you would be able to express until he takes you on this journey. This film is an experience and will leave you questioning almost everything. Silence is the purest form of honest faith that I have seen in years of religious based cinema.

Scorsese used such beautiful imagery and told this story in a Biblical way. The voiceovers used during scenes to fill the silence were stunning and it felt like a sermon being delivered. Scorsese played upon the silence in every single scene and integrated the voiceovers seamlessly. The score complemented the film so well and it captured Japan quite nicely. I adored the idea of unity that Scorsese enforced in this film. He allowed the Christian faith to be interpreted as any other and that it was being shamed by a higher physical power but the metaphysical beliefs would always be considered that of the highest power. Audiences will watch this and understand that everyone can see the unity of spirituality and cultural identity. That we can live in a world where people are free to have faith in whatever being they want and that we can have solidarity among nations.

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Hacksaw Ridge

Mel Gibson returns with one of the most beautifully adapted acts of heroism I have ever seen. Hacksaw Ridge is possibly one of the best war films I have ever seen in my life and I was moved to tears by Andrew Garfield’s performance. The one thing I can give Mel Gibson is that he does not shy away from the brutal uninhibited violence that comes with being in the battlefield. This is such a well rounded war film that the paternalism is rooted heavily in patriotic nationalism and religious conviction.

Mel Gibson has always been a talented director and it clearly shows in this film. He made incredible choices on the battlefront and some scenes will probably stay with me for awhile. The brutality of it all really captures you, he is very blunt in showing how much of these soldiers lives are effected by any war. The story is powerful, Andrew Garfield gives a sincere emotional performance that he is perfectly suited for. Garfield has this kind gentleness that is carried in his eyes, he developed an emotional connection with the wounded soldiers and those who survived would remember him for that reason.

The main take away from this film is the power of unity, the power of compromise and the power of understanding everyone’s convictions even if you do not agree with them. We are all humans and Mel Gibson was able to incorporate many different positions that make up the constitution of America. He creates a subtext when discussing the fate of Doss in the United States army by showing how problematic their morals are when making decisions by also enforcing patriotism. This film has such great depth and so many layers that makes it a beautifully executed whole.