25 November 2016 2514 Views

Scorsese back to his epic best with SILENCE Last Samurai meets The Mission via Star Wars with Liam Neeson Kylo Ren and Spider Man on religious adventure quest

by James Murphy

Silence Trailer is here. And it looks: DIVINE!

 

silence_2016_film

 

Finally we know why Liam Neeson lost all that weight! It was for a film role. Yes: sorry, tabloid press, he was not dying or ill or anorexic. Just an ACTOR. But unlike others, he tends to keep his method stuff secret. He even gained weight to play Schindler years ago but did not tell a soul. Tom Hanks lost loads and got an Oscar. Go figure.

Perhaps it’s Liam’s hour? Neeson stars as a mentor monk type in his best Qui Gonn / Ras Al Guhl mode. He gets captured in 17th century Japan and his two novices go into the rescue: cue Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver. So, it’s Star Wars (there is a nod, visually, as the two padawan types, in robes, face a sunset in concert) with realism.

Scorsese is THE best person to make this happen, as he was a founding partner of the ‘movie brat’ generation that gave us George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Francis Coppola and Brian DePalma. Note also, this IS a commercial prospect. Whilst worthy in tone and theme, it is clearly action packed and its imagery channels that of the Joseph Campbell Hero with a Thousand Faces generation.

So, whilst this will have the usual Scorsese grit and wit, expect this to also continue his turn towards more commercially accessible story telling, that began in his collaborations with Leo DiCaprio (Leo is not in this one but present in spirit; it even looks a bit like Revenant in places).

Expect a solid commercial hit with Oscar winning worthiness and historical /philosophical sensibility. If you enjoyed Last Samurai (Tom Cruise film, 2004, amazing) and The Mission (80s jungle based monks on a quest movie, featuring Liam Neeson himself in an early role and THE best film score from Ennio Morricone)..you will LOVE Silence.

One might also expect to see this consolidate further Andrew Garfield’s place as THE leading man to watch and very possibly the jewel in the British actor export crown. Move over, Cumberbatch and co: Garfield is the one to beat now. Between this and Hacksaw Ridge, turns out leaving Spider-Man might just have been the best thing that happened the kid! We will watch his career with great interest 😉

As an added bonus? How nice to see a positive film about the Catholic Church. Perhaps there will be a sudden rise in vocations as Priests start looking all kinds of kick ass cool again? Real life Jedi! 

Movie-Viral will review Silence on the film’s release. 

 



New

What we Know about Kingsman 3
19 June 2019
What we Know about Kingsman 3

May interest You

Could Downey get an Oscar for ENDGAME? Maybe.
06 May 2019
Could Downey get an Oscar for ENDGAME? Maybe.
#TBT: Don’t Panic about THAT BOND 25 Press Launch. 007 Always Wins Bigger with his Back to the Wall. Looking Back at the Reasons why.
02 May 2019
#TBT: Don’t Panic about THAT BOND 25 Press Launch. 007 Always Wins Bigger with his Back to the Wall. Looking Back at the Reasons why.
Top Jedi Master Expelled from Council after accusations of Racism against Jawas and Sand People
08 February 2019
Top Jedi Master Expelled from Council after accusations of Racism against Jawas and Sand People

Popular

Is TOM HIDDLESTON the next PRIME MINISTER of the UK?
31 May 2019
Is TOM HIDDLESTON the next PRIME MINISTER of the UK?
What we Know about BOND 25
02 April 2019
What we Know about BOND 25

Tags