Il dubbio riguarda più che altro la valutazione di questo film, che non riesco a capire se mi sia piaciuto o no. Le premesse sono buone ed il soggetto è interessante, mentre la risoluzione della storia, compresa la scelta di lasciare tutto nel mistero, ha qualche pecca di codardia, di uno sceneggiatore che ha scelto di non osare il rischio di sbilanciarsi. Hoffman sempre magnifico.
7/10. DOUBT is/feels very much like a well-written play adapted into a film. Its most interested scenes are protracted dialogue scenes. The occasional canted angle thrown into these scenes seems to suggest Shanley was afraid the audience would get bored, but the sublime performances from the whole cast really carry this film.
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!
Don't expect from "Doubt" more than what the pure film seems to be: a luxury cast shining in this story about faith and doubt, goodness,distrust and intolerance. And if there is no surprise in Streep's and Hoffman's excellent work, it is inevitable to let myself be surprised by Amy Adams and Viola Davis, their delivery is nothing behind the "stars".
A film of excellent performances; Seymour Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and even Viola Davis in her brief appearance are all superb in this intense tale of envy, faith and, of course, doubt. With its origin as a stage play the acting is crucial to the film's success. The film perhaps lacks a climactic finale, but the ambiguity of the story coupled with the authentic characters make it wholly compelling.
The stage play origins are clear and much of the film's success is reliant on the acting which just about hangs in there even if at times it strays into ham. An interesting premise and I like the way Shanley maintains the tension and ambiguity throughout. However, a lot of the good work is undone by unnecessary and ham-fisted symbolism - a shame.
Philip Seymour Hoffman is beyond superb in this subtle deconstruction of the nature of doubt. Also superb performances worth mentioning are the mother of the child involved and the headmistress. The screen adaptation of the play is excellent, but lacks a certain something to make it a big screen hit (like a subplot?).