A Catholic school principal in the Bronx in 1964 starts to question the nature of the relationship between one of the parish’s beloved priests and a troubled young student. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play by John Patrick Shanley, Doubt: A Parable.
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The uncertainty of accusation and the nature of suspicion is a complex entity: to be falsely accused or to 'get away with it'. Seymour-Hoffman and Streep set the screen on fire with this fraught, intense and ambiguous retelling of a clergyman as an alleged abuser. A film that may suit the theatre more than cinema, still remains a fairly functional drama enabling its characterisation and action to take precedent.
Slow to start, Doubt builds tolerable interest until the end of its 2nd act where it seethes under emotionally compelling pressure. The ultimate payoff is astounding – a surprising though perfectly realistic (and philosophical) twist, simultaneously warming and chilling. Doubt is a story masterfully crafted and patiently told, with great performances.
When will the bloodshed end? Once again I must point out that there are hard working actors like Cherry Jones who originated the part and breathed life into it and even won the Tony for it. Oh no.
When it's time to make the movie she is swept aside by Hurricane Streep. I'm sick of her. Sick I tell you! And what's left for Cherry Jones? The crypto-fascist '24' TV show that promotes torture? Well played Hollywood!
Brilliant in its ability to manipulate the audiences preconceived notions to the authors ends. Truly creates doubt and in spades. Every performance is stunning and the sermon about gossip is a show-stopper.
you can definitely tell this is adapted from a play: it's really strange that a film's problem is simply being a film, but i feel like this, while featuring amazing performances, would be stronger in its intended format