What did I like?
Spotlight uses an amazing cast of brilliant and talented actors/actresses to bring a very dark story to light. You would think at first glance that a movie about a bunch of journalists doing research isn’t entertaining or worth sharing on the big screen, but Spotlight is the perfect example of what movie are all about: storytelling. These characters have discovered a secret that will shock the world yet have to bite their tongue because the deeper the research the more troubling facts they find, which means their original story has only scratch the surface of the problem. One other aspect I loved about this story, which won awards for journalism, is I don’t remember it. Despite living in the Boston area in 2002, I didn’t know anything about this story which made the build up to the ending much more intense.
What didn’t I like?
Thinking back to this movie there wasn’t anything that stuck out to me that wasn’t really out-of-place. Of course in major shocking news story there is always the outsiders, who could be convicted, that will go to great lengths to sweep everything under the rug. Those kind of people tick me off and I’m glad Spotlight didn’t focus on every attempt to shut the team up, but decided showcase enough road blocks from stopping such a dark story from hitting the press.
Was Spotlight a good story?
Spotlight should be nominated for an Academy Award in numerous categories. Like I mentioned in my opening paragraph this story is brilliant work of art. This movie won’t make you laugh much, cry, or feel anything else but sympathy for the victims and our hard journalists who have put their lives on hold to do the right thing. These writers are not looking for fame or fortune, instead they are shocked that people they know and live next door too are involved in such a scandal that the only way to truly end it is but printing it.
I don’t mean any offence to all-star line up of respected actors/actresses but there are really two major characters that shined bright were Mark Ruffalo and Liev Schreiber. You just read that sentence and said “what?? Liev Schreiber??” Yeah, I’m sticking up for this minor background character because he is the straw that stirs the drink. Schreiber plays the new Jewish Editor of the Boston Globe who is not afraid to deep dig into this story and then publish it. As an outsider to Boston and the a deeply rooted Catholic community, Schreiber’s character will put his name on the line to expose the evil happening around him.
Ruffalo shows characteristics from his Doctor Banner/Hulk personalities from the Marvel Universe. One of the Boston Globe’s best research members, Ruffalo’s character will pursue every lead even when no one wants to talk to him. His persistent attitude to get the answers he needs is actually worth watching. Sadly in the middle of this story, the attacks of September 11th happen which forces the paper to focus its stories on other events. The news doesn’t hit Ruffalo well and his outburst may be one of the best scenes of the entire movie. His passion for seeing this story through is very admirable and his determination are characteristics that make for one of the best characters in the story.
Would I recommend it?
The subject matter of Spotlight will be tough for some people to sit through, whether they are victims of a similar situation or find the topic gross. There may be some people who will cry during some interviews or get upset when our heroic journalists hit many road blocks on the road to the truth, but Spotlight is a great movie that should be watched at some point. For those of you think this story will be too slow and you are afraid to fall asleep, I assure you that this story moves along at a great pace and will keep you engaged through out.
my star rating: 9 out 10
imdb: 8.3 out 10 / metascore: 93/100 / rottentomatoes: 97% out 100%
roger ebert: 3.5 out 4 / richard crouse: 4 out 5