Friday, December 21, 2012
Take John Patrick Shanley's Doubt as an example. Based on his own play, the film stars Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, two of the finest actors working today. Seeing them verbally duel is simply something that must be seen.
Also among the small roster is Amy Adams, who is ideally cast here. She's the wide-eyed idealist to Streep's bitter enforcer. When a possible scandal breaks out, you can see how troubled she is just by looking at her. It's taking a toll on her.
I must talk about Viola Davis' work here. She only has one scene, and she completely steals it from Oscar winner Streep. (I assume it's not an easy task.) How Davis didn't win for this is anyone's guess.
Some may be put off by the themes, but I absolutely loved the film in its entirety. (And to think it's written by the same man who wrote Moonstruck.) As well as the great work from Streep, Hoffman, Adams and Davis, there is of course the always great cinematography from Roger Deakins. Honestly, go see it if you haven't already.
My Rating: *****