Doubt (2008 – DVD)

“Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty. When you are lost, you are not alone”

With Meryl Streep’s powerhouse performance in the majestic ‘The Iron Lady’ currently deviding audiences across the UK it was a good time for me to view her in 2008’s ‘Doubt’. It’s written and Directed by John Patrick Shanley from his own Pulitzer Prize winning play. ‘Doubt’ takes place in a Catholic school in 60s New York and concerns the battle of wills between strict and fearsome Headmistress Sister Aloysius (Streep) and the newly appointed, progressive and empathetic Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Sister Aloysius firmly believes Father Flynn is abusing one or more of the schoolboys and sets out to destroy him.  But is he guilty?

Amy Adams (Soon to be seen in the eagerly awatied Muppets film) plays the young Nun who, like we in the audience, are left to decide who to believe.  To reveal anymore of the plot would be to spoil the film (It’s called ‘Doubt’ afterall).  As a viewer you are left hanging on every nuance of Hoffman and Streep’s incredible performances to try and sort fact from gossip. ‘Doubt’ is a totally captivating watch.


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