Movie Review: Doubt

Last week I went to see Doubt. I needed to see something Oscar worthy, and although it wasn’t nominated for best picture, it does have 4 amazing and well deserved actors which were nominated.

Doubt is a film driven completely by conversation.  No action, almost no events per say, but every bit of the plot is one conversation to the next.

The story takes place in a catholic school, the kind run by the church, in 1964. The plot revolves around the suspicion by 2 nuns that the priest may be abusing a young boy.  It goes on as the principal (played by Meryl Streep) probes the Father (Philip Seymour Hoffman), as she tries to piece together his guilt. It all begins when a teacher (Amy Adams) notices strange things about the boy in question, then brings up her suspicions to the principal character.

The writing is spectacular; this movie gives power to words, which I haven’t seen in a very long time.  It is thought provoking, asking questions about judgment and suspicion, about traditions, about power and influence.  The performances are strong, even subtle gestures and expressions able to convey some feelings and thoughts better than words that were spoken. The best example is in the scene with the mother of the child concerned, played by Viola Davis. In this scene you can see on her face that he mind is in anguish as 2 conflicting concerns float through her mind.

I do not want to give away everything about the movie, other than to say it is very good ,and when you get the chance it’s a must see. Great performances, visually pleasing and provocative storytelling.