"First Reformed"

The DVD for this film, that I got at Redbox, stopped with forty-six minutes left until the end. I was thoroughly confused as to why Reverend Ernest Toller (Ethan Hawke) and his doctor (Gary Lee Mahmoud) stared at each other while a paper printed. Then I realized the DVD stalled. 

This film reminds me of "mother!". It moves so quietly yet loudly with the conspiracy theories of world destruction thought by Michael (Phillip Ettinger), the husband of church member Mary (Amanda Seyfried), who is pregnant. There are additional layers that surround First Reformed Church in the anticipation of its 250th anniversary. Pastor Jeffers (Cedric the Entertainer) overseers megachurch Abundant Life, satirizing religion and the church that ironically First Reformed relies on. Upstate New York life and the mundanity is a surrounding root of the story. 

Writer/Director Paul Schrader brings the audience into minute details. I don't understand why it was necessary to see the reverend pee. As an audience, a zipper of the pants while coming out of the bathroom is fine. I also thought Toller was a priest. I wondered why he was drinking, which makes since because he is a reverend. Toller grieved the loss of his son, Joseph, and moved as an underlying part of the story. 

Cedric the Entertainer is a strong piece of the film, delving into the drama of his craft from his signature comedy. I also learned his last name, Kyles. Amanda Seyfried is beautifully emotional as a wife and mother to be. Ethan Hawke gives a solemn and light energy to his performance. Michael Gaston, Phillip Ettinger, Bill Hoag and Victoria Hill lead a captivating supporting cast. 

You can get this film at Redbox, if you feel so inclined to.