Saturday, March 16, 2013

Mini Review: Doubt (2008)

Doubt is adapted from John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize winning stage play of the same name; it stars Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffmam. It’s a compelling drama set in a Bronx Catholic school in 1964 where a popular and respected priest’s ambiguous relationship with a troubled 12 year-old male student is called into question by the school’s strict and conservative principal.

The plot is nothing short of gripping, it’s quite mysterious and you never really know which of the three main characters to believe, one minute you'll be convinced of something and minutes later you'll begin to have doubts. Which is the film’s main theme, hence the title.

It’s a pretty serious film that for the most part feels quite cold, but Adams and Hoffman’s characters do provide some of the warmer moments. And there are some very tiny moments of dry humour which dose ease some tension which is constant throughout the film. 
As for performances, they’re just magnificent and some of the finest you'll ever see. The film received four Oscar nominations for the acting alone and the fact nobody won is pretty baffling.
Doubt is one of those films that you'll be discussing long after it’s over, leaving yourself asking did he or didn't he? 

Here's the same review again but in video form on my YouTube channel.

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