Last night’s film was Doubt with Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman. One of the most powerful films I’ve seen in a while. Meryl Streep plays a cantankerous nun, Sister Aloysius, who is suspicious of the relation that Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman) has with the only African-American student in the school. Everyone has doubt in this film, including the audience, but not just about whether an incident occurred.
Streep and Hoffman deliver strong performances – yet I can’t think of an average or mediocre performance by either one of these actors. Streep’s use of dialect always fascinates me and it always adds to the character and her Sister Aloysius’ accent was no different. Hoffman’s Father Flynn only help cast doubt on whether an incident occurred or not. As I watched I found it hard to believe this was the same actor that played Truman Capote in Capote. Amy Adams plays Sister James, a young, impressionable nun who appears fragile, yet has the strength to question both Sister Aloysius and Father Flynn.
Visually this film was strong as well. And not just the photography, but also the use of imagery – the wind, shooting the scenes from above as though God was watching, the storms all work to buttress the theme. All in all a great film.