1) I am not familiar with Paul Schrader's previous works. 2) I am not religious or well-informed on theology.
How much does that limit my viewing experience? I don't quite know. What I do know is, even without the background, First Reformed is utterly unflinching in confronting the ultimate existential fear. In the way that it really stares into the abyss, and in its refusal to give an easy way out. For that alone, it should be considered a…