Spotlight – Movie Review

Apologies for a belated bunch of reviews – travelling allowed me to see plenty of movies, but little time to write.

Nevertheless, here are my final movie reviews for 2015 (my new year resolution is to be more consistent with my posts).

Spotlight 

Starring: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci

Directed by Tom McCarthy

Spotlight focuses on the investigative team of journalists at the Boston Globe as they uncover the shocking and widespread sexual abuse of children at the hands of Catholic priests and the corresponding cover-up by the Catholic church.

Perhaps the most impactful film of the year, Spotlight is also one of my favorites.  Director Tom McCarthy doesn’t seek to dramatize the already terrible tale, but rather, lets the events unfold as you imagine they would have in real life. The characters don’t yell or punch tables or have fist fights – they react to situations as you imagine real people would react, often with quiet contemplation or shocked silence. The grounded realism with which the story is told, makes the events feel far more unsettling and the ultimate reveal of the scandal to the public highly cathartic.

Putting this into effect is a stella acting performance from everyone across the board – even the minor characters feel completely authentic. Mark Ruffalo, in particular was completely invested in character Mike – a Boston Globe reporter. However, it was Liev Schreiber who for me, was surprisingly impressive. His performance as the Globe’s editor in chief was quiet, restrained and completely authentic – he reminds you of someone you’ve met before, but you’re not sure who.

Spotlight is shocking, and will evoke anger, at the Catholic Church, the media, those in positions of power whose small inactions or turning of a blind eye can allow tragedies to occur. Spotlight should not be missed.

Spotlight can be purchased here.

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