There are films that you simply sit astonished at by the film's acting, and this is one of them. Meryl Streep and Phillip Seymour Hoffman are a striking pair to put together. It was not just them, but Amy Adams's role in the film as well, maybe even better than Streep and Hoffman, that made this a MASTERPIECE. I could go on for days about the film's acting. The acting was so great, I didn't know who to believe, and that's what this film achieves. The film starts off really slowly like an alligator creeping up on it's pray, pure silence, then it attacks, like a fierce cheetah, grabbing a hold of you and never lets go until the sad end, and you're sad that the picture is over. But from the beginning to end, its so very mysterious. It doesn't reveal too much. A tragedy that its over now. It's an absolute thrill watching this film. You get to really know this characters, and in a way you don't. It's a mystery. It's interesting. In the end, you feel, really feel, for the plot's loser. That's acting. I was constantly in thought during this film. Amy Adams's performance is magic, bringing to viewers I think a kind of sorrowfulness, great character, and remorse. The writing is flawless and the directing is so visionary, what can I say? John Patrick Shanely, adapting the film from his own play, knew exactly what his vision was for this film, and he achieved it. The close ups in this film are masterful. Meryl Streep is sort of like a villain in this film, seemingly cruel, but sticks to her mind, and Hoffman is the priest, but you know he has a secret, from the very beginning. How this was not nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, I don't know. I wish to thank every single person involved in the making of this picture, all those who were on the credits, and those who weren't. Thank you for this experience. A perfect 10 out of 10.
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