Ethan Hawke is a talented actor, of that there can be no doubt at all. He has appeared in iconic films from The Purge to Training Day, both of which feature him in various action scenes with guns blazing and more. In First Reformed, Ethan Hawke plays a reserved Reverend by the name of Toller whose main goal is to simply tend to his small flock and maintain his church. Yet some how, some way, this is the best role I have ever seen him play.
Toller decides to keep a journal for a single year to help him deal with inner conflicts he can’t seem to overcome without the use of drinking or anger. When a member of his church, Mary asks him to help her husband sort through his conflicts, he agrees.
Unfortunately their interaction doesn’t go as planned. This leads to Toller making the drastic decision to get involved. As the story unfolds life falls down around him until he loses his sanity.
The process of this left me on the edge of my seat and caputred my attention for the duration of the film. My favorite aspect of the film would have to be the end. It is so vague and wild that I was speechless for an entire day thinking about it. I would recommend First Reformed to anyone who loves drama and current affairs!