2008: #9 Doubt

Directed by: John Patrick Shanley
Written by: John Patrick Shanley, based on his play Doubt
Starring: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Viola Davis, & Amy Adams
Distributer: Miramax Films
Country: United States
Language: English
Rating: PG-13
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Date released: 12/12/2008
Date seen: 12/22/2008
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $40,700,812
# of Oscar nominations: 5 (Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 5 (Best Cameo, Best Actress, Best Ensemble, Best Line, Best Adapted Screenplay)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 2 (Best Cameo & Best Adapted Screenplay)

Doubt is not a film that will be winning awards for its visual splendor. Its filmmaking style is perfectly competent, but there’s no mistaking that this is a movie based on a stage play. Where the film really excels is its script and its acting. The film is an exploration of doubt and guilt and the effects they have on a highly conflicted woman. It’s pretty heavy subject matter, but it’s made highly watchable by John Patrick Shanley’s fast moving script and excellent dialogue. The ensemble is filled with highly talented people, Meryl Streep is better than she has been in years and Viola Davis does amazing thing with limited screen time. The movie operates on a small scale, but it builds itself and the onscreen duels of words are very satisfying to watch. If at all possible try to avoid the film’s trailer, which gives away way to much of the film, in fact I’d recommend going in completely blind.

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#10 Year End Honors #8

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