Spotlight: Review

Everyone remembers the story that rocked the world about the widespread child molestation by priests of the Catholic Church.

Spotlight shares the true story of how the report was uncovered, chronicling the Boston Globes year-long investigation that uncovered a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishments.

Showcasing the story behind the story, the movie follows a group of six journalists who worked tirelessly to extract as much information as possible, detailing the several roadblocks and assistance they encountered.

Riveting and tense from beginning to end, the subject is not easy viewing but with great pacing, and an intelligent script, it is entertaining as much as it is important.

The ensemble of actors is of great quality: Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Leiv Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, and of course Stanley Tucci (is there ever an oscar-nominated movie he doesn’t appear in?) The cast are fully committed and excel in both subtlety and reaching the psychological depths of such a case.

Tirelessly researched, and delicately handled, Tom McCarthy sculpted a heartfelt ode to investigative journalism, and truly showcased the many levels of impact this story held on the victims, the culprits, institutions, Boston people and then worldwide, as the news grew.

The movie opened to a respectable $295,009 in its opening weekend with $24,899,059 worldwide. During its festival airings and upon its release the film was met with widespread acclaim, and has since been gaining several accolades. Perfect Oscar-bait.

Our Verdict: Could this win best drama? It holds a good chance, with its only real contender being Room perhaps. This is our pick for best drama.

Could Tom McCarthy win best director? We have a feeling George Miller is a shoe-in for director this year on aesthetics alone, but if the research is brought into play, and the careful handling of plot, McCarthy is in with a shot.

Could Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer win best screenplay? Absolutely! Again, a difficult category, Tarantino’s movie was all about the screenplay, and the Steve Jobs biopic was equally researched but we believe this could tip it.

 

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