...is still a Friday Matinee if you are at Grandma J's, no DOUBT.
That's what I went to see, Doubt. I really thought this movie had slipped through my fingers like so many others have. I never saw The Queen, or The Other Boleyn Girl..... and I don't do movies at home. It's sad, I know. Anyway, when I saw that it was playing nearby, I put everything else on the back burner, and went to see it....me and one couple. Seriously, don't people go to movies anymore?
Doubt is a very powerful movie about the quest for truth and the consequences of blind justice based on one persons strict moral convictions.
Meryl Streep plays the principal, sister Aloysius, at St Nicholas Catholic School in the Bronx in 1964. She believes in the the power of fear and discipline, and sets off on a crusade to prevent and stifle change amongst the students, sisters (teachers) and especially Father Flynn, a vibrant charismatic priest played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
When Sister James, a sweet young innocent teacher, played by Amy Adams, shares with Sister Aloysius her suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to one of the students, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to destroy Father Flynn. Without a shard of proof besides her own moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn which threatens to tear apart the community with irrevocable consequence.
Doubt was very realistic in recreating the parochial school environment as I remember it. Standing whenever an adult entered the classroom, the insistence on using pens that required ink wells and blotters, and the strict discipline....and not necessarily a bad thing.
I recommend this movie by giving it five out of five confessionals