First Reformed ★★★★½

Something about this film completely gripped me even as I slowly realized it was moving towards a climax that I would have to read up on. And thank god I did, because my natural heart feeling of "this movie is fantastic" was completely unsupported by brain not understanding what I'm supposed to get from the ending– but reading other Letterboxd users' interpretation of it (notably as a balance of the hope and despair that has been a through-line in the entire movie) and this Vulture article on the final moments helped me come to understand it. And my heart was right. This film is fantastic. I'm glad that it was the final film I watched in 2018.