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Silence Movie Review (2016) | Ripping for the Faithful | Debatable for the Faithless

The passion project of Martin Scorsese finally comes to fruition. It took him 25 years to carve this beauty, and Silence Movie is in every way abounding with all the right emotions that we expected from it. The movie is based on the eponymous novel by Shusaku Endo and is about two Jesuit priests who travel to Japan to find Father Ferreira, their mentor, at the same time spread Christianity in a chaotic land where Christian priests are unwelcome.

The flick is a spiritual sojourn where it tries to quest for humanity in a place and time that objects to new teachings and principles. Japan was ruled by a tyrant then who was bent on uprooting any kind of alien dissonance from its soil. Religion being one of those major issues that stood at his cross-hairs. The movie is driven forward by powerful performances by Andrew Garfield, Liam NeesonIssei Ogata and Yosuke Kubozuka.

Direction of Silence Movie (Spoilers)

Scorsese is hands down one of the best in the business. And he keeps reminding everybody of that every now and then with his superlative direction. The movie captures minutiae of life, creates real tension forcing us to relive it as if we were right there surrounded by some serious agitation. It shows an inhumane past of Japan that one shudders at the very thought of leading a life in that era.

He recreates crucifixion so powerfully that it draws out instant pathos from you, crushing you under the weight of emotions. Even when he builds up dispensable characters, he makes them so concrete that it becomes really hard to part with when time comes.

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There are some brilliant diegetic moments scooched in, wherein Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) writes to Father Valignano (Ciaran Hinds) home and reads his thoughts through his letters. Then at times he speaks directly to God. They are so brilliantly written that you can’t help but empathize immensely with the protagonist.

The wait of your silence is terrible. I pray but I’m lost. Or am I just praying to nothing? Nothing. Because you’re not there.

Martin Scorsese also has that unpredictability quotient that we never see coming. We hope perversion relents, we hope heads wouldn’t roll but the fact is – you never know. The deafening silence of its melodrama is hard to fathom. You just keep hoping to hear a voice, throughout the Silence movie just like Rodrigues himself, but you know life’s like that.

Kichijiro’s Character

There is this unique character Kichijiro played amazingly well by Yosuke Kubozuka. You can’t help but wonder about his presence in the movie. His story runs parallel to Rodrigues’ hunt to find Ferreira and on more than one occasions he betrays him and his own people. He apostates continuously and bounces back to confess his sin. He is constantly asking for forgiveness from Rodrigues, who keeps forgiving him for his sinful acts.

At one point he has been compared to none other than Judas. His sins are terrible and when you really try to figure him out, you understand he is nothing but a common man who is just trying to get by when things go south. At the same time, there is guilt in him. He is truly sorry for his acts but ends up repeating his mistakes when a challenging time comes. Kichijiro is just a weak man caught in a wild place. He has suffered profusely and he suffers every second of his life with guilt.

Importance

If you notice carefully you would realize how he never leaves Rodrigues at all, always winding up at his door asking for forgiveness.  There is one scene in the end where Kichijiro tries to illuminate that flicker of faith back in Rodrigues even after he has apostatized.

I suffered beside you. I was never silent.

The above voice goes in the backdrop showing Kichijiro in the frame. It’s the voice of God speaking to Rodrigues once again trying to reason with him, telling him it was alright.

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Even though Kichijiro had been a sinful man he teaches Rodrigues one important lesson. That despite apostatizing and renouncing God, you can always come back to Him because He always forgives. Something Rodrigues wasn’t sure about after he had apostatized.

It was in the silence that I heard your voice.

The Silence movie ends the way it had started, in silence, with sounds of nature all around, implying silence is never there after all. That all you gotta do is listen.

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The Raging Debate

While at a time where religion was trying to spread its wings in every corner of the world, this might have seemed quite okayish to exist, but in times like today, it ends up becoming one of the most controversial chapters ever. If you look at the movie cynically, you realize what were Father Ferreira, Rodrigues and Garupe (Adam Driver) trying to do anyway? Weren’t they trying to spread Christianity, forcing a religion on people? Whilst the Japanese Inquisitor confirmed the existence of Buddhism in their country, weren’t they still bent on giving a country a taste of their own medicine?

Then you see what that Inquisitor was doing after all. Wasn’t he killing his own people in the end, trying to apostate a foreign guy? What kind of ruler does that? Okay, don’t answer that, a bad one, I know. But still people are being killed in the name of religion. Was everyone blind to that? Why are people so terribly blinded they fail to see what’s beyond religion?

Atheist Much?

If you drift further away from religion here, if you are an atheist, then the very idea of it would seem quite absurd. First of all, you are trying to force a religion on someone, then because of your ideals you are getting people killed. Hadn’t any of the foreign priests stepped on their land in the first place, the massacre could have been entirely avoided. Even Rodrigues confesses to that idea secretly when he tells Garupe about how he felt.

Then again what is a religion if not a set of code of conducts and moral values to keep people in check? We created it for our own convenience. Like Marvel and DC stories are in vogue today, it might as well be a religion for some. Okay leaving this ceaseless debatable thread open right here.

Signs of Faith

Then there is that insanity of valuing things like fumi-e that are mere stones and wood that are considered as gifts from God.

They value these poor signs of faith more than faith itself.

While to some this might sound justified, but to non-believers this is really hard to gobble. Your inability to step on a mere rock is getting someone killed. If there is an even an ounce of compassion in you for another fellow being, you would do it eyes closed. How hard is that to fathom? Isn’t compassion, humility, and fraternity above God? Does God teach you to make his idols and objects and demand of you to treat Him with such reverence? If there was a God He wouldn’t ask you to be so foolish. He would willingly ask you to step on Him if you can’t help it.

Does God teach you to make his idols and objects and demand of you to treat Him with such reverence? If there was a God He wouldn’t ask you to be so naive. He would willingly ask you to step on Him if you can’t help it.

I think that’s what happened to Rodrigues when he chose to listen. That voice of God was nothing but his very own reasoning for himself, where he accepted renouncing God with a heavy heart.

The Final Verdict

I understand the Silence movie was supposed to be watched keeping faith in heart. But for those who have none, if you really look at it, the amount of torture, killing and mass murder that happened in the name of religion is simply appalling. I guess, it could have been avoided too. It is as if killing someone because someone chooses to believe in Superman‘s existence, and that I think is highly unacceptable.

In a world where we judge everything by our own conscience, by passing everything on the belts of morality, I think a movie like Silence poses a serious question. Why are we so blind? But if you get under the skin of Rodrigues, a dogged guy who cannot be moved from his beliefs, you begin to feel for him. You begin to empathize and when you do, it is hard not to cry. There are blood-curdling moments strewn all across the flick that ensures you leave the theaters teary eyed.

Wicked characters like that of the Old Samurai played by Issei Ogata, provide a convincing spread on the Endo story. The Silence movie ends up becoming a really powerful wrap capable of existing sturdily on its own sans the God factor.

It’s just the doctrine that it fights for might not be the same for everyone out there.

You can check out the trailer of Silence Movie here:

 

Top 15 Movies of Leonardo DiCaprio Overlooked by Academy | Oscar Baits

On Leo’s birthday today, we take a look at the top 15 movies of Leonardo DiCaprio that were Oscar baits and yet overlooked by Academy. Leonardo DiCaprio is not only an onscreen hero but a real one too. With a life spent in the servitude of environment, you can’t think of any actor who is as thoughtful as our profound superhero. With his latest documentary release Before the Flood (you can read ways to cope with the climate change here: The Damage is Done | Let’s Undo It) he gives us inspiration to act now, before things exasperate further.  He inspires the world to do the right thing and that’s huge in itself.

Oscar Bash

As we patiently wait for his next project to be announced, let’s take a look at his years gone by. With so many hits on his resume, Leonardo DiCaprio’s roles have been amazingly diverse. He has done everything, played everyone, and the good news – There is more to come.

Top 15 Movies of Leonardo DiCaprio that were Oscar Bait But Didn’t Get One

Let us take a peak at top 15 movies of Leonardo DiCaprio that were undoubtedly Oscar bait materials, and were overlooked big time. If it were up to me, I would have given him an Academy for every single one of them. This list doesn’t have The Revenant movie, for the mere reason he received the elusive accolade for it.

PS: We have placed it in the chronological order of movie releases.

  •  This Boy’s Life

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Leo wasn’t nowhere around fruition, and yet this movie’s role was the best a child actor could have possibly nailed. His eyes carried the innocence of a Chihuahua and the fretful insecurity that anyone could be a victim to if they had a psychopathic Robert De Niro for stepdad. This movie made the world find his talent, hence we let it cut the ribbon of our top 15 movies of Leonardo DiCaprio list.

  •  What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

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If Leo could have gone any crazier, he would have ended up in an asylum. Academy failed to recognize his talent in this beauty. Well to that I say Academy’s rigged. You wouldn’t find a more convincing actor to play this kind of twisted. He was so convincing, some people thought he was messed up in the head for real!

  • The Basketball Diaries

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Who would have done better justice to Jim Carroll than Leo himself? Okay, so we understand River Phoenix was the first choice rendering this topic debatable, but as a true Leoholic I wouldn’t have preferred any other actor in Jim’s shoes. The way he has depicted the drug aftermath is outstanding and bloody brilliant. Smitten by his acts!

  •  Romeo + Juliet

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For a second let’s imagine you are yet to come across Shakespeare and you watch this beauty of a flick woven in a contemporary world. Wouldn’t you just, I don’t know, die too? Leo’s eyes carried mad love right from the moment he set eyes on Claire Danes. The turmoil he depicts in order to get her and the aftermath of love he manifested, simply calls for a standing ovation.

  • Titanic

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The biggest blockbuster ever to rock Hollywood. Still stands second in terms of gross earnings. Leo walks tall as the guy to have won a bazillion hearts in the process of sinking the unsinkable. That image was hard to escape from! Yet he set a benchmark for lovers in one of the finest love stories ever made. His Jack Dawson deserved an Oscar right there as well!

  • The Beach

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One of the most underrated works of Leo. This movie deserves watching and re-watching in order to truly appreciate Leo’s acting prowess. Outstanding job by him as he tries to scale adventure. Danny Boyle‘s brilliance is oozing out in his frames and is further embellished by DiCaprio.

  • Gangs of New York

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This flick saw him evolve as he tried to take some Daddy revenge. It was his entry into the world of bizarre as he tried to get rid of a boy’s image. Well it is one helluva thing to take vengeance, when you have Daniel Day-Lewis to slay.

  • The Aviator

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He had almost made it with the nomination there, but unfortunately didn’t make the cut. What was the Academy thinking? Didn’t they watch him not struggle to touch the knob for hours? Didn’t they watch him play a convincing losing-it Howard Hughes? This was one of the finest works of Leo, unfortunately Academy had to be a bi***.

  • The Departed

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Whilst Leo was busting his ass by going undercover, and crossing every line to do the unthinkable, the Academy was busy not looking at his Billy wits. The Departed was superbly made and brilliantly executed by some classic DiCaprio acting.

  • Revolutionary Road

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One of the most highly underrated dramas, Leo touched the extremities alongside Kate Winslet in this beauty of a flick. It was a delight to watch him lose it so bad when they fought. So convincing his acts are!

  • Shutter Island

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So twisted it gave us the chills! We all felt for poor Leo as he tried to solve a crime his head committed. He was helpless yet convinced that he was close to solving the mystery. Exceptional direction by Martin Scorsese made him resuscitate again.

  • Inception

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Sadly no one had any clue what was going on till they were knee deep in Inception waters. The good thing Christopher Nolan had chosen Leo to do justice to Cobb. And so he did. So brilliant a flick that was further made better by his fascinating acts.

  • Django Unchained

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His first supporting act and that too so mind-numbing. Not only did he sport a badass look in the flick but he managed to give us the chills. He was, like he said, a ‘businessman’. But his acting was so engaging he didn’t even care to stop when he accidentally injured himself in the process. This was downright Oscar bait!

  • The Great Gatsby

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If anybody ever came closer to nailing F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Gatsby, it’s Leo. His expressions always hit the jackpot and his eyes carry the perfect grief. The music complemented him gorgeously as he waited patiently for Daisy Buchanan to call.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

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By far the boldest things he has ever drove. It took out every bit of acting he had in that prolonged speech. He needed the Oscar pretty bad. His eyes could tell. Exceptional stuff by him as he squirmed and crawled to make his way to his car.

That brings us to the end of the top 15 movies of Leonardo DiCaprio list. Let’s not forget he did grab it for The Revenant, which was pretty amazing.  His gut-wrenching role as Hugh Glass took us back in time.

Goes without saying that he is still the most revered, respected and loved actor all across the globe. To be brutally honest, we really don’t care about what Academy had thought about him all this time. How it failed to recognize his talent and honour him for all his dramatic roles.

You will forever be a winner in our eyes, Leo! You go boy!

Insane Love for Leonardo DiCaprio

We have mad love for him. As we impatiently wait for his next colossal project to be announced, we can only pray now that he hits a consecutive high. To remember him, so we never forget, we often keep visiting those nostalgic enclaves wherein he showcased some of the best works of his life. A true hero!

We adore Leo’s resolve the most, and salute him with the aforementioned top 15 movies of Leonardo Dicaprio list. The diligence, the thoughtful mien his brows carry whenever he acts are simply divine. He literally gets under the skin of the character and you are compelled to wonder if he has always been like that. Levels he try to hit with his acts are simply majestic! We hope him the very best for his future, and wish to see many more Oscars lined up under his belt.

So, coming back to the top 15 movies of Leonardo DiCaprio list, if you haven’t seen the aforementioned movies yet and still his fan, dude! Why are you even alive?

Just watch ’em already!