First Reformed ★★★★

Ethan Hawke's performance is phenomenal. First Reformed is a gripping and bleak character study of a man in a crisis of conscience and faith. Steeped in religious and environmental allegories and subtext, the movie draws us into the reverend's inner conflict.

The scene early on where he is speaking with Michael about activism and the planet is depressing and incredibly gripping. It catapults Hawke's character onto a painful path of self-reflection and self-destruction. All played to perfection by Ethan Hawke. He brings out the emotionally destraught nature of his character in a performance that's both heartbreaking and intense.

First Reformed leaves us with a lot to chew on and I really like it for that.

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