Release Year: 2015
Director: Tom McCarthy
Writers: Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy
Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci, Elena Wohl, Gene Amoroso, Doug Murray, Jamie Sheridan, Billy Crudup, Len Cariou
Rating: Won 2 Oscars: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay. Nominated for 4 Oscars: Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), Best Supporting Actress (Rachel McAdams), Best Editing. Nominated for 3 Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay.
The true story about how the Spotlight team of investigative journalists at the Boston Globe uncovered the massive child abuse commit by priests and the cover-up by the local Catholic Archdiocese, which led to the uncovering of decades of abuse worldwide and shook the Roman Catholic Church to its core.
Although it came as a bit of a surprise that Spotlight took home the Best Picture Oscar in a very strong year few were displeased as the film not only told a very important story but told it extremely well. In the relatively short time since the film’s release, its message of the power and importance of critical journalism that dares to oppose authority when that authority does wrong has sadly become more relevant than it has been for a very long time. The work done by the Spotlight team uncovered decades of abuse as well as the attempt by some to cover it up and has without doubt prevented new victims being molested and given voice to thousands of previous victims. Our acting team is lead by Michael Keaton (Birdman, 2014) as Walter Robinson who skillfully orchestrates a team of journalist played by a superb cast of actor including: Mark Ruffalo (Shutter Island, 2010) and Rachel McAdams (The Notebook, 2004).The three have different temperaments and differences along their way but come together as a great team and practically every actor gets a moment to shine without it being forced. Liev Shreiber (Fading Gigolo, 2013) does some of his best work as the new editor who comes in from out of state and shows incredible integrity and intelligence in a difficult situation. On the other side of the spectrum we find a laugh inducing performance from the always very good Stanley Tucci (Margin Call, 2011) as a super busy lawyer. The film is candy for anyone who enjoys a well-acted film about journalism at its best and director writer/director Tom McCarthy showcases the ability and intent of fulfilling the promise made by his excellent indie début The Station Agent (2003). Our highest recommendation unless you prefer explosions.
The real Walter Robinson said about Michael Keaton’s performance that “It is like watching yourself in a mirror, yet having no control of the mirror image”.
If you liked this, we recommend Alan J. Pakula’s Oscar winning classic All the President’s Men (1976) about the exposure of the Watergate Scandal. You can read our review by clicking here.
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