Best Picture Nominee Review: Spotlight

11201558_ori Spotlight is the true story of how The Boston Globe investigative reporters, “Spotlight”, uncover a huge scandal of the molestation and cover up within the Catholic church.

Spotlight got its “name from the investigative team that began pursuing the sex-abuse story in 2001, the film focuses on both the human particulars and the larger political contours of the scandal and its uncovering.”(New York Times, A.O. Scott) The team went on to win a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for their discovery and unveiling of the true crime of the Church that had been buried for years.

The film was directed by Tom McCarthy. He also co-wrote the script with Josh Singer. Paired with an all star ensemble of Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, and Stanley Tucci (just to name a few) this script came to life as if we were watching the real journalist at work.

Throughout the film, the main thing on everyone’s mind is what took so long for a story of this magnitude to be unveiled. Part of my degree is in Journalism so this story sit sort of close to home. And mind you that I have seen a lot of journalism films (His Girl Friday, State of Play) during my time at UT in both Cinema Studies and journalism classes. I must say this is the best one I have seen to date.

The journalists’ compassion and drive for truth and justice draws in the audience to the very end.  keeps the audience engaged without going too deep into invasive details of the rape itself and focused more on the lengths the Catholic Church went to hide this and the injustice  of the victims.


Reporters Ben Bradlee Jr., Michael Rezendes, Matt Carroll, Sacha Pfeiffer, Marty Baron and Editor Walter V. Robinson. Photo courtesy of boston.cbslocal

Bravo to the ensemble, director, writer and crew for capturing this film the way they did. And also a huge thank you to the brave journalists of “Spotlight” that uncovered this injustice and brought it to the world.

*Click Spotlight at the top of the page to see the trailer.*


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