Doubt (Movie Poster)The latest movie in my 365 list was written and directed by John Patrick Shanley, who also wrote and directed Joe Versus the Volcano Doubt however, was definitely no Joe.  And that, is a good thing because whereas Joe was an eccentric, if not cult-ish, comedy, Doubt was a drama that tugged at the fears and insecurities that face many people to this day.  Set in 1964 at a Catholic church in the Bronx, the film centers around Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a priest ; Sister Aloysius (Meryl Streep), the principal of the attached school; and Sister James (Amy Adams), a naive teacher that has a troubling suspicion that the priest had an inappropriate encounter with the school’s only black student.Simply said, I found this movie very well done.  The mystery that surrounded the main plot left you, as its namesake, in doubt.  A great play on “he said-she said”, the film made you wonder if Father Flynn really was just a warm-hearted individual or a conniving pedophile; or if Sister Aloysius was really a creepy old nun or a woman who truly cared for everyone under her care.  I can see why it was nominated for as many Academy Awards as it was.  The 3 main actors really shined, but Viola Davis as the mother of the only black student gave a tour-de-force performance.  And although I haven’t yet seen Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, I believe that her performance, though short, was enough to warrant her the Oscar.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10