First Reformed: Hope and Despair

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First Reformed – Hope and Despair


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I remember seeing First Reformed in theaters with my wife. We were sitting in the middle of the theater and two older women were sitting way in the back. About 2/3rds into the film, when the strangest thing started to happen on screen, I over-heard one of the older women lean over to her friend and whisper, “Okay, it’s lost me!”

I think that’s the best way to prepare anyone going into First Reformed. It’s a strange movie, no doubt about that, and when you have writer/director Paul Schrader at the helm, it’s a no-brainer to think things are going to get a little… cerebral. And when tackling a pastors struggle with his faith in a world that’s falling apart, maybe cerebral is just what this story needs to make itself understood.

So, thanks to my lovely Patrons, let’s dig into First Reformed, and I’ll let you know what I think of Paul Schrader’s Oscar-nominated feature!

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First Reformed is Rated R for some disturbing violent images.

It features Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer, Victoria Hill, Philip Ettinger, Michael Gaston, and Bill Hoag.

Directed by Paul Schrader


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Melvin Benson Cinematic Doctrine Christian Movie Podcast Host

Melvin Benson is the Founder, Executive Editor, and Lead Host of Cinematic Doctrine. He’s written fiction and nonfiction for over a decade with short stories featured on the Creepypasta Wiki and Wattpad. His novelette Ethereal Temptation, a teen drama with a tinge of magical-realism, can be read for free here. His hope is to see King Jesus glorified as far as the east is from the west!

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