A story about this — 2 years ago
Turning a Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play into a screenplay and hiring four great film actors is a sure recipe for a great movie, and Doubt delivers. Everything revolves around the tension between Streep as the hard-as-nails nun/principal of St. Nicholas Church school and Hoffman as the parish’s laid-back priest. These two titans of the screen collide in a clash of cultures, traditional versus modern, severe versus loving, righteous versus forgiving. Amy Adams as the young nun/teacher Sister James is caught smack in the middle. Viola Davis has a short but emotionally moving role as the mother of the school’s only black student. The resolution of the conflict is just as powerful as the acting, too. Bravo to writer/director John Patrick Shanley. Very well done.