Doubt (2008)


Movie Review

Directed by: John Patrick Shanley

Starring: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis

Sister Aloysius (Meryl Streep) is a strict nun and an even stricter principal at a Catholic parish and school in the Bronx.  Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is the priest in the parish.  She thinks that he is getting into some freaky stuff with some of the male students.  She enlists the help of Sister James (Amy Adams) to prove her suspicions right and to try and take Father Flynn down.    In order to do the Lord's service though, they have to take a few steps away from Him.  Doubt is a powerful adaptation of the critically acclaimed stage play Doubt: A Parable. The film is timely, thought-provoking, and undeniably captivating.  John Patrick Shanley's translation of his own play to the big screen is fueled by a powerhouse performance by Meryl Streep and some incredible acting by Hoffman, Adams, and Davis.  Doubt gets a sober rating, but we're dealing with some heavy stuff here.  If you need to hit up a bar afterwards, do what you need to do.



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