Doubt (Rated PG-13)
Gavin Grade: A
Oscar Watch! I didn't love this movie just because I love the play, but that was a HUGE reason why. As a film, the movie stands up as quality cinema; shocking considered that it was directed by John Patrick Shanley. He's the guy who wrote the play but was more famous for directing the opus "Joe Versus The Volcano!" Who knew that guy could be so deep!? The movie stars Meryl Streep, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams (who is WAY too cute to play a nun.) These three deliver a 1-2-3 combination of amazing acting. The story is a metaphore for Good vs. Evil set in a Catholic School in New York City when a nun, played by Streep, suspects the Priest, played by Hoffman, of molesting a young boy. The question for you as an audience member is, which one is "Good" and which one is "Evil?" Representing the audience is another nun, played by Adams, who gets caught up in the middle. The Golden Globes passed on all three of these actors for awards, but I have a feeling that we'll see The Oscars reward at least one of them. They're all SO good that they can't be ignored. Not only was the acting amazing, but the story is amazing! I'm a big fan of stories that can be taken any way that you want them to go. Just like how "Hamlet" is considered the greatest play of all time, just because the role of Hamlet can be portrayed in any way possible - it's up to the actor. "Doubt" is exactly like this. Fascinating to watch play out and even better to try and figure out the truth. Also watch for a 10-minute-long performance from Viola Davis, who plays the reserved, loving and tormented mother of the boy in question. It may be the best 10 minutes of the movie!