Silence Review

Maria Ray
  • 4.5/5

"Silence" is a monumental work, and also a punishing one. It puts the viewers through hell with no promise of enlightenment, only a set of questions and propositions, sensations and experiences.

There's a reasonable argument to say that 'SILENCE' is one of Martin Scorsese's better movies. The talk is that it was his passion project for decades, finally being released in all it's artistic endeavors and mysteries. I suppose someone else could argue the opposite, which is that this is a story full of brutality and despair without the signature style of the aged director. I think I'm falling right on the middle of this. This is surely one of the year's most powerful stories, and yet I have to admit it left me cold.

'Silence' is, at times hard to palpate and yet rewards the audience for it's patience. Whether or not this film can be interpreted as being pro or anti-Catholic is maybe not the ultimate message of this film. While the final act delves into a horrifyingly-dark arena, consider the final shot before the credits begin to role (I won't spoil it). In such a brutal era with antiquated customs, isn't there still hope left to be found?