8.5/10 No one but Martin Scorsese could have pulled a film like this off which such masterful skill. You can really tell that this was a passion project 30 years in the making and I am glad he waited to make it today instead of trying to make it 10 or 20 years ago. The acting is flawless (although Garfield and Driver seem a bit too young for these roles) and it is very rare to have a cast that is 95% foreigners. Besides the main three actors with top billing, the entire rest of the cast is made up of unknown Asian actors and they all do a fantastic job. This is not a very easily accessible film due to the nearly 3-hour runtime and deeply religious subject matter but as a Christian this film deeply touched me. It brings up a lot of questions about faith, doubt and struggling to believe in God when you call out to him and he is silent in return. This film made me thankful to live in a country with religious freedom because it really is sad what various religions have done to nonbelievers throughout the course of history. Although the production aspects were all fantastic and this review has been overwhelmingly positive, I do have to say that this is one of those films that despite not much technically being wrong with it, I still didn’t love it. It is a very good film worth seeing if you are into the subject matter but left me wanting a little bit more in a little bit less time to get there. Scorsese is still a master of his craft and his direction alone should get a lot of people to see this.
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