Ad majorem Dei gloriam: "Silence" by Martin Scorsese

 

I wonder if the script and movie could have done more in the way of character development, especially regarding the protagonist. While viewing the film, I thought that the Andrew Garfield character's struggle with his conscience and deeply-felt religious convictions did not feel as organic, naturalistic, and credible as the Garfield character's somewhat similar struggle in Hacksaw Ridge. Martin Scorsese is certainly a more subtle filmmaker than Mel Gibson, but Silence is so concerned with its ideas and themes that perhaps character development and narrative flow lag behind. That said, those ideas and themes are quite fascinating—and chilling. 
 
And most modern cinema, for all its action and fireworks and slow motion people flying away from explosions and such...is oh-so-very boring to me....There is nothing more boring to me than a sustained 20 minute action scene....