Due to its story material I didn’t feel the need to see this movie, although the only times I have entered a church have been for weddings and my baptism, I knew Spotlight would be a hard film to watch but it has been nominated for 6 Oscars and has already won a handful of awards, including SAG for best ensemble and the Independent Spirit award, so I ripped off the Band-Aid and gave it a chance.
Written by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy and
directed by McCarthy, Spotlight takes place in 2001 and is the true story of
The Boston Globe reporters who discovered and weren’t afraid to write about the
decades long sex abuse cover-up turned scandal of the catholic church. Mark Ruffalo as Mike Rezendes, Rachel McAdams
as Sacha Pfeiffer, Michael Keaton as Walter “Robbie” Robinson, John
Slattery as Ben Bradlee Jr. and Stanley Tucci as Mitchell Garabedian are
the men and woman who found the evidence and talked to the now adults who were
survivors of priest who committed the sex crimes. Yes it was hard to watch and
listen to but The Globe and those involved in the making of this film, even 15
years later, knew it was an important issue.
As small film McCarthy allows the actors to
use every inch of their talent to tell the story. Spotlight is a character
driven film where the words are the central part of the tale. In other words NO
explosions or car chases are necessary. The look of The Globe’s offices was
messy and raw like you would imagine at such a time. Although a fictional take
on what happened when Ruffalo and McAdams did their one on one interviews you
truly felt for the victims as if you were watching a documentary.
All in all an excellent movie about finding
the truth and not backing down when it needs to be told (one can only wish
there were more reporters like them). If you haven’t check out Spotlight for yourself.