A film filled with anger, pain, mourning and desire. Catch First Reformed on May 18, 2018!
First Reformed Movie Synopsis
Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence.
First Reformed Movie Details
Rating: R (for some disturbing violent image)
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer
Director: Paul Schrader
Genre(s): Drama, Thriller
Runtime: 108 Minutes
First Reformed Movie Character
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Ethan Hawke will be playing the role of Reverend Ernst Toller, a reverend at the Dutch Reform Church who has found refuge in it. He encouraged his son to enlist which later died in Iraq. So Toller is feeling guilty and in grief.
Ethan Hawke is an actor, writer and director. Some of his works are three feature films, three Off-Broadway and a documentary as well as three written novels.
Photo screen-grabbed at First Reformed official trailer 01:08
Amanda Seyfried takes the role of Mary Mensa, a regular parishioner at a small Dutch Reform Church and twenty weeks pregnant, wife of Micahel, who wants to abort the child. She asks Toller for counseling with Michael at their home. Can Mary help her husband or will not?
Seyfried began her career as model then starts her acting career on the soap operas As The World Turns and All My Children. She is known for her sweet but dimwitted role at teen comedy film, Mean Girls. She also take the lead in the movies Jennifer’s Body, Chloe, Dear John, Letters to Juliet and many more.
First Reformed Ratings and Review
Metacritic’s First Reformed Movie Ratings and Review
Full of conviction, First Reformed feels like a lifetime of preoccupations and traumas distilled beautifully, accompanied with a haunting sparseness creating a profound deliverance.
The Playlist – Rodrigo Perez
Rotten Tomatoes Ratings and Review
Rotten Tomatoes Review
A Great work by a great artist doing things that great art should do – making us think, feel and reflect.
Dork Shelf – Jason Gorber
IMDb’s First Reformed Movie Ratings and Review
Overall Score: 6.3/10
Paul Schrader has always been a faith-based filmmaker in the truest and the most challenging sense. First Reformed is the sort of stimulating work that a writer-director of a certain age can deliver when he returns to his creative sweet spot: rejoice, Schrader fans, rejoice.
The Wrap – Alonso Duralde