5 Movies to See Before Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman

4. Silence

Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield in Silence

Based on the Shusaku Endo book of the same name, it follows two Jesuit missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) as they travel to Feudal Japan to find their mentor (Liam Neeson), who is believed to have renounced his faith. This spiritual epic is one of Scorsese’s best films and a modern-day masterpiece in terms of its brilliant craftsmanship and thematic precision. Every shot is beautiful and features the tranquility of nature juxtaposed with man’s internal and external struggles with his own existence in the world. The movie profoundly showcases what it’s like to be human in the spiritual sense. As the journey unfolds and reaches its end, the audience learns that faith and doubt are both interwoven for everyone in human existence. Silence is a career-long culmination for Scorsese. 

Why you should watch it: It is Martin Scorsese’s most thoughtful and passionate film and features his career-long obsession with faith, sinners, redemption, and their struggle with themselves and their place in their spiritual journey. The film is told so beautifully and powerfully. Also gorgeous cinematography from Rodrigo Prieto, who is also the cinematographer for The Irishman

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