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A good movie ruined by (spoiler)


way too much fantasy - the scene where they start hovering. The ending was nonsense. Would a genuinely good man turn into a suicide bomber thai easily. Are we not to take any of this literally ?? Almost as bad as Mother!

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I think that is the whole point of this movie - a genuinely good man won't turn himself into a suicide bomber, religious or not.

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a good man who is wracked with guilt over a dead son & who's lost his wife & his faith & is drinking himself to death may indeed find meaning in extremism. i don't find that too difficult to accept.

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Yes, a lot of efforts are put in the story to explain why the priest (the religious one) and the environmental activist (the not-so-religious one) took an extreme path- to end their own lives. Yet, none of them really became a suicide bomber in the end, because they are genuinely good men. That is the whole point.

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he didn't, third act of the movie is in his head.

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Here is what the director said about the ending. https://www.indiewire.com/2018/05/first-reformed-ending-explained-paul-schrader-1201970200/

I say let the priest rest in peace.

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