Spotlight (2015) Genre (Drama)

Spotlight tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world.

This just looks like an Oscar winner to me.  It has EVERYTHING a typical Best Picture winner would have. My pick that is that.

In my opinion the best journalism movie of all time is All the Presidents Men, not any more.  If not true Spotlight at least deserves to be mentioned in the same breath.

Spotlight has a ton of things a movie like this has to have- great dialogue, great performances, and a sense of realism.  That more than anything this film has a huge sense of realism, just a way of making you feel like you’re there with the reporters breaking this story. It also helps that the story that the reporters are breaking is so grisly.  In this case it is the Catholic Church’s cover-up of widespread child sex abuse in the Boston area, as investigated and uncovered by a team of reporters at the Boston Globe in 2002.  It revolves around 3 main journalists portrayed by Micheal Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel McAdams.  All with fantastic performances, most notably Ruffalo who completely goes for it.

This movie lives and dies with dialogue and thank goodness its written so beautifully.  The way that interaction develops tones down the severity of the claim and heightens the sense of realism that the film is going for.  It is very subtly directed by Tom McCarthy in what most deservedly netted him an Oscar nomination.  This film untimely succeeds by the way that it brings the audience in and along for the entire story.

Spotlight is one the best movies of 2015

Rating 9.5/10 (A)


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