Directed by: John Patrick Shanley
Written by: John Patrick Shanley (screenplay & play)
Starring: Meryl Streep, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis
Power resonates through every frame of this film. The themes, the characters, and the film making are all powerful gusts of wind sent forth from the mind of John Patrick Shanley to shake you to your core. However, it is not without one of the finest ensembles of the past several years that he achieves this.
What’s so great about this movie is that it speaks to something in everyone. Looking at Doubt as an allegory for our times, when unsubstantiated certainty lands us in an unwinnable war in the Middle East, you see something totally different than if you look at it as a critique on Catholicism’s unwillingness to change. You have to respect the material’s power to mean so much to so many different perspectives.