PSH Blogathon: Doubt (2008)

This is part of the Phillip Seymour Hoffman blogathon sponsored by the great Jordan over at Epileptic Moondancer. Thanks for the great idea and for letting me participate!  

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

Number of Times Seen – 2 (24 Jan 2009 and 9 Jul 2015)

Brief Synopsis – After the Nun/principal of a Boston Catholic School in 1964 suspects the parish priest of wrongdoing she will stop at nothing to prove that the suspicion is true.

My Take on it – I really enjoyed watching this movie because of the very ambiguous story which doesn’t tell us what the real truth is and we must try and infer based on the way the story is told.

Both sides of this story are explained and argued very well and there is definitely a case for both sides being the truth.

The genius here is the way the story is told through amazing dialogue because the end result is irrelevant and the journey there is what compels us to watch.

The cast is superb and all 4 main characters received Oscar nominations for their performances.

The best of them by far tho is Philip Seymour Hoffman who does an expert job portraying an accused man. We never know whether he is innocent or guilty but it doesn’t matter because of the way he holds himself up throughout the ordeal.

The dialogue is very rich and adds extensively to the depth of the characters and the story itself.

Bottom Line – Excellent portrayal of an accuser and suspect situation where we never know the truth and either side can be successfully argued. Amazing cast led by Streep, Adams and of course the wonderful Hoffman who does a great job trying to profess his innocence in the midst of high suspicion. Dialogue is impeccable and it gives us even more depth to the characters and storyline. Highly recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The play won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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