I could make this review real short, like one sentence short, think Taxi Driver with a Reverend for the protagonist- The End. Both were written by Paul Schrader, and First Reformed is also directed by him. The whole movie is very much like a prayer, a very long and devout prayer by someone who does not expect an answer, from a god that does not exist. The word that kept reverberating in my head throughout the movie was austere- both in look (the format is considerably less panoramic than most wide screen, modern day cinema) and attitude. And yet despite that, the movie takes several leaps of faith (if you will) as far as believability, both character and plot wise (my wife hated the ending)- I kinda liked the fact that it was just... different.