Ethan Hawke is one of my favorite actors and A24 is one of my favorite distribution companies, so I’m already all about this movie. First Reformed stars Hawke as Reverend Ernst Toller.
He’s trying to tackle his loss of hope and his waning faith as he counsels a pregnant parishioner, played by the talented Amanda Seyfried. This movie is written and directed by Paul Schrader, who has had a long and successful career in Hollywood.
The early reviews have been positive. It currently sits at a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and most critics are praising Hawke’s performance. In addition to Hawke and Seyfried, you’ll also find Cedric the Entertainer and Michael Gaston.
It’s scheduled to be released May 18, 2018. Check out the official synopsis and trailer below…
“Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence. From writer-director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver; American Gigolo; Affliction) comes a gripping thriller about a crisis of faith that is at once personal, political, and planetary.”