Saturday, January 14, 2017

Movie Review: "Silence" a gut-wrenching look at faith

By Zack Hunt
The entire movie is an unflinching look at some of the most challenging and darkest parts of faith.
The early 20th century French Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain once wrote, “If you want to make a Christian work, then be Christian, and simply try to make a beautiful work, into which your heart will pass; do not try to ‘make Christian.’” As you are well aware, there is an entire genre of films known as “Christian movies” that has exploded in recent years as the ability to make a polished, Hollywood looking film (and the ability to turn a profit) has become easier. Enter Martin Scorsese. His is probably not the first name to come to mine when you think of someone to direct a film about faith, but that may be because he doesn’t shove his Catholic faith down your throat in every film he makes, even though he is so committed to that faith that at one point he considered joining the priesthood instead of becoming a director. [link]