Just like my review on Ready Player One was posted in the midst of the passing of Steve Jobs, so too is my review on the film Doubt coming at a time in the midst of two of the biggest child sex abuse scandals possibly in the history of the NCAA with accusations against coaches of Penn State and Syracuse University. Nevertheless thousands of nearly identical accusations have been brought to light by the Catholic Church since the late 1900’s. But I digress yet again as I always do.
Doubt takes place at a Catholic school in New York City in the 1960’s. When the school accepts it’s first African American student, the parish’s popular priest is suspected of having inappropriate contact and an inappropriate relationship with the student. The speculation is made only by the head nun who operates solely from mere suspicion without any concrete proof or evidence.
This movie was nominated for five Oscars. Four of those nominations were for each of the principal actors which include a stellar cast of Philip Seymoure Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis. The other nomination was for best adapted screenplay. The movie was directed, written, and even the original story was originally written by John Patrick Shanley. This movie didn’t win any of the Oscars it was nominated for, but nevertheless, it is a gripping story with beyond superb acting. The interesting thing about this movie was that there weren’t really that many scenes. Really. Several scenes ran very long and it almost felt like a Tarantino movie because of the “talking heads” but the dialogue was so gripping I didn’t mind. The cinematography was beautiful and assisted a great deal with the story-telling and hinted with character development.