Sunday, May 3, 2009
I rented Doubt from Netflix a few weeks ago both because Meryl Streep had been nominated for a golden globe and because as a Catholic I was curious to see how they would present this movie. After I watch the film, I found out that this film was adapted from a play by the same name that premiered in 2004.
Doubt takes place in a Bronx Catholic school during 1964. The first black student, Donald Miller, has recently began attending the school after he transferred from a public school. He is among countless Irish and Italian students and feels, understandably, out of place. Father Flynn, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, begin to bond with the boy. Sister James, played by Amy Adams, notices the relationship between Father Flynn and Donald and she reports her observations to Sister Aloysius, played by Meryl Streep. This begins the story of Doubt.
This film is very intense. It is a powerful and emotional film that will leave you angry and upset. This range of emotions comes from the amazing acting that is performed throughout the film. I have seen Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman shine in many roles, but these two executed their characters perfectly, making you feel as if you were in the situation and not watching a film from the comfort of your favorite overstuffed chair. I would greatly recommend this film because of its intense story line and the fantastic acting seen throughout.