Sunday, January 04, 2009

No Doubt...

Saw Doubt with a friend yesterday. I'd rank this as one of the best of 2008. The issue at hand is well explained by the trailer. The "guilty or not" question is never solved, but that isn't what the core of the film is about. The pal I went to the film with had seen an interview with the writer and he said that the play for him came in part out of the Bush administration's "certainty" of the existence of the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Puts an interesting spin on things. Layer on top of that the old boys club that is the Catholic church and you have some serious issues to think about. Stellar script, stellar performances. I have long worshiped at the shrine of Philip Seymour Hoffman - the man can do no wrong.

Viola Davis as the mother of the boy at the core of the issue deserves some serious recognition. A small role that rocks you back on your heels, and she is brilliant.

That's all I will say. Except go see it.

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