I believe in the church of Meryl. After her successful introduction to Meryl's greatness several months ago with Sophie's Choice, our friend Annie agreed to come over last night for dinner, board games, wine, whiskey and Doubt. It was the perfect night to stay in and watch this film. Doubt has always reminded me of fall and with the rather sharp drop in Minnesota temperatures this week, we were able to enjoy a cozy fire during the movie.
Similarly to when we watched Sophie, Annie commented on how perfect Meryl's Bronx accent was during the film. What was also fun to watch was how Annie sort of updated Joe and me about what she thought was happening with each character, how she was forming opinions about them and whether or not Father Flynn "did it." I think writer/director John Patrick Shanley, along with the excellent acting by the four main characters, accomplished that uneasy feeling of ambiguity they want us come away with.
The three of us had a conversation after the movie, discussing plot details, the brilliance of the acting and screenplay, and the setting around which everything takes place. It was fun talking about the dynamics of the Catholic church in the 1960's, the limited career opportunities for women in that era, and the plight of powerless minorities in a very different America. In particular I found a new appreciation for just how fantastic Viola Davis is in her role as Mrs. Miller.
I love this movie and story and would've loved to see it on stage. I'll settle for the world premiere of Doubt at the Minnesota Opera in January. Super jazzed to see Denyce Graves for the first time in the role of Mrs. Miller. John Patrick Shanley is the librettist and we all know how much a certain someone enjoys opera. Might I have a run-in...?