Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio and Dane DeHaan are the stars of The Kid.
Directed by D’Onofrio, The Kid is a biography / western about a young boy forced to go on the run whilst trying to save his sister from his villainous uncle. On his journey he finds himself increasingly entwined in the lives of Sheriff Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid…
I’m not overly familiar with the Sheriff Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid story but I am aware of that Billy is an outlaw and I’m interested mainly because of Hawke and Pratt. My fingers crossed for a pleasant surprise.
Leila George, Adam Baldwin, Jenny Gabrielle and Tait Fletcher also star.
In First Reformed, Ethan Hawk is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor who’s plunged into his own tormented past and equally despairing future, after a pregnant parishioner asks him to counsel her deeply troubled husband.
Hawkes notable performance and the special way the movie’s dialogue shines a light on some of the more challenging experiences of the human condition are reasons why director Paul Schrader’s film was worthwhile for me. Challenges including the anguish experienced by those grappling with their religious faith or more generally, those lacking in hope for the future.
All of First Reformed is engaging but a particularly memorable scene is the face to face conversation between the Reverend and the very troubled husband. I enjoyed listening to the interesting questions asked, some of which are literally answered and some answered through the films impressive execution which features some unexpectedly dark turns.
As a Hawke fan and a general lover of good movies, I say give First Reformed a chance and who knows, you may even find yourself feeling comforted by the knowledge that at some point, you too asked the same questions. And so, in that way, First Reformed is about you / everyone.
First Reformed is a drama / thriller about a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor (Ethan Hawke) at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks the Reverend to counsel her husband, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future.
Directed by Paul Schrader, Hawke and Seyfried are joined by Cedric the Entertainer, Michael Gaston, Van Hansis, Ronald Peet…
I’m in for the unique story and a great performance by Hawke. You can just see it in his eyes, can’t you?
Maudie tells the true story of a fragile arthritic Nova Scotia housekeeper who becomes an artist and beloved community figure. Directed by Aisling Walsh and starring Ethan Hawke Sally Hawkins and Kari Matchett, Maudie is a story of one woman’s independence and an unlikely love story…
I’d like to see Maudie because of Ethan Hawke. I also want to see Hawkins do well, especially since she’s in my favourite Woody Allen movie, Blue Jasmine (2013).
Training Day is not a movie you watch if you’re looking for a relaxing film experience. The protagonist through whom we’re introduced to the world in which everything takes place is Jake (Ethan Hawke). Since Jake is comfortable at no point in Training Day, you absolutely won’t be either.
With that important truth out of the way, Training Day is a movie worthy of your time. Not just because of the undeniable talent both in front and behind the camera, it’s a well written crime thriller that will likely leave you grateful that you get to experience the world of the characters only a screen.
David Ayer (Suicide Squad – 2016) is responsible for the screenplay Antoine Fuqua (The Magnificent Seven – 2016) directs. I’m convincedthat Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke could not have played their roles any better. Perhaps even more than the great performances, it’s the way the story comes together that I love most. From the effective shooting style to the way events unfold overall, I had an uncomfortable (in a good way) yet positive experience.
If I had to pick something that maybe could haveimproved my experience, I’d point to the musical score which left me a little wanting. By no means is it as awkward as the score for John Q (2002), but awkward is a word that fits – in parts.
Watch Training Day for some Denzel Washington / Ethan Hawke magic and for the smart way everything comes together. Would I call Training Day my favourite buddy cop movie? It’s close but I think End Of Watch (2012) still has that title.