Evan Kraft’s review published on Letterboxd:
2020 Ranked: boxd.it/4vhTm
Just as a forward I am in no way trying to bash Christianity or people who are Catholic, I’m just talking about my experiences. Everyone can and should have their own beliefs.
There’s a lot of no good sons of bitches out there.
One thing that especially stuck out to me in one of my most anticipated films of the year was the way they treated religion. I was a catholic for a decent part of my life, or at least my parents made me be one until it came to a certain point where I just couldn’t believe anymore. There were just too many things that felt off to me and based on my experience, for a religion that talks about “loving thy neighbor”, there really wasn’t much of that going around. The signs outside the church telling people to vote against human rights is what mostly set me off.
Though I will say, there are still a lot of great Christians out there. People who truly do love thy neighbor. My grandmother is one of the nicest people on the planet. She’ll sometimes drag me to her small church at the end of her street on a Saturday night before we went to a late night movie that you shouldn’t take a kid to. She’s always volunteered and donated and has been very active in helping the church. I think seeing at least one or two of those people really is what helped make this almost feel truer.
You got time for a sinner?
The church is also a place in the film where 2 plot points sort of stick out to me that I won’t talk about too much but I still want to bring up. Both of those scenes with Robert Pattinson (who gives an amazing performance) really got me on my toes and got me to think about even more how there’s people out there who can and will taint your entire perception of faith with their corruption.
I think what I’m trying to get at is I really felt for Arvin and how he’s had a warped perception of faith his whole life that has lead to a ton of pain. His relationship with his half sister and her devout faith and trips to her mother’s grave where she’s kneeling on the ground praying and Arvin is standing to the side with his hat just watching really showcase this as well.
I don’t know, maybe I’m giving this more credit than it’s worth. I think I’m going to have to give the book a try soon. My only real problem with the film is that it was excruciatingly obvious that this was based on a book between the narration and the constant back and forth between groups of characters, but overall I really enjoyed this movie and the way it sort of tackled it’s themes on faith.