OK!!! I finally saw Silence: the book/movie that started this thread in the first place!
I liked it very much and thought it was intellectually fascinating, but not very emotionally stirring. Don’t get me wrong, there are heart-wrenching moments that are difficult to watch, but I was never overwhelmed by a great swell of feeling like I sometimes am in movies.
Scorsese is very faithful to the book. Point for point, he follows the story that Shusaku Endo originally wrote. He does not gloss over any events or overemphasize any moments that Endo didn’t emphasize in the book, and really captured the spirit of the book as I saw it.
It was very interesting to see the physical challenges that the Fathers and Japanese natives face throughout the story. I was able to imagine them while reading, but could stop at any time or minimize something I didn’t want to dwell on. Having that imagery put before me in a dark theatre was very sobering, and created a pretty immersive experience. The fact that the movie has no background score makes the imagery all the more stark and overwhelming. There is nothing to distract you from the thing happening right before your eyes.
The performances are also wonderful. Garfield and Driver do their jobs admirably, but Issei Ogata really takes the cake in my opinion. He uses his face, voice, and gestures expertly as Inquisitor Inoue, and creates an unforgettable foil for the poor Christians. I LOVED his work.
I would be really interested to hear what other people took away from this movie. It certainly spoke to me in certain ways and gave me lots of food for thought in others, but I’d love to hear what others thought about it. Were you guys as interested but unemotional as I was?