In 1964, a Catholic school nun questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student, suspecting him of abuse. He denies the charges, and much of the film's quick-fire dialogue tackles themes of religion, morality, and authority.
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I just recently saw this movie (last night to be exact). And besides the fact that I was really in the mood for an action that night, I still vividly enjoyed it!
The basic plot of the movie was set completely at a strict, high class, catholic school. The main characters were Sister James (Amy Adams), Sister Aloysius (Meryl Streep), and Father Brendan Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Sister James was suspicious that one of the boys was being sexually abused by the priest, and told Sister Aloysius, The very stereotypical principal of the school. Sister Aloysius imediatly acused the priest, but Father Flynn said that he was just helping the boy get by, for he was the first african boy to the school.
I found the movie pretty predictable but still quit enjoyed it. It also helped that Philip Hoffman was in it because I admire him as an actor. Even though the plot should say otherwise, I was never really bored of this movie and found it not to be to slow.
This movie is set sometime in the early 60s and focuses on a nun who confronts a priest after suspecting him of abusing a black student. He denies the charges, and much of the powerful dialouge revolves around themes such as religion, morality, and authority.
This is one movie that really does prove something very important about American film. Speacial-effects and action do not matter in any type of movie. Truly, it always should be about the story. Especially in a film like this one when you have great writing (OSCAR WORTHY) and great acting (OSCAR WORTHY) all the way through that supports the script, especially by the three leading actors. Here is a sample of the great dialouge:
Priest: You have to stop this campaign against me.
Nun: You can stop it, at any time.
Nun: Confess and resign.
Priest:You are attempting to destroy my reputation!
Nun: What are you doing in this school?
Priest: I'm trying to do good.
Nun: Even more to the point, what are you doing in the priesthood?
Priest: You are single handedly holding this school and this parish back!
Nun: From What?
Priest: From aggresive education and a welcoming church!
See what i mean? If only you could here and see the amazing acting that this cast puts on.
This movie does not have a very happy theme though. What's the theme? Well, in this case it's the plot. I left the theatre happy for the movie, but i myself was in a sad mood.
Anyboy over 12 will understand and like this film. Only because the charecters don't tell you straight out what's going on, yet they do, but in a covered up way. Otherwise, younger kids will just want to leave.
Overall, "Doubt" is a really good film and one of the best of the year. It's what true movie making is all about, and really what I come to the movies for. It's not about action or explosions, but about powerful dialouge and fantastic acting, and "Doubt" has just that.