3/5

Silence is the story of early christian priests who went to Japan to spread the gospel. The cinematography of this Scorsese directed move is phenomenal just as well as his directing. The plot holds up on its own but just as the Japanese didn’t see a need for Christianity, it doesn’t captivate the viewer. The themes of religious freedom, and paganism are lightly touched upon but it only depends on one’s point of view. The struggles of early missionaries are highlighted but the story isn’t complete, just as what the missionaries did to the native Americans, there is a darker undertone that is not highlighted. Erasing their indigenous cultural beliefs for a more commonly accepted faith is something that i don’t think should be┬ácondoned.

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