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First Reformed deftly examines both the good and evil nature of humankind through religion, illness, and man's relationship to Earth. Schrader reveals the inherent irony that lies in each of these grand themes, which man has explored since his earliest days. Schrader, too, tasks himself with various art forms in order to tackle the grandiose scope of the work. The screenplay utilizes many conventions of literature and theatre, such as the use of deliberate, allegorical names and the repeated thematic…
While The Tale makes great use of the medium in its depiction of traumatic events and traumatic memory, its dialogue fails to encapsulate the raw nature of the survivor's experience. One foot lies firmly in a new and innovate format for depictions of abuse, yet another leans back into the tired and sensationalized conventions of abuse narratives.