Cert: 15 Runtime: 128 mins Director: Tom McCarthy Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schriber, Stanley Tucci and John Slattery
If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse them
As awards season keeps moving Spotlight has been nominated for 6 Academy Awards and is a front runner for best picture. Journalism stories always intrigue me and I do remember when the news broke of team Spotlights findings. Years have past and I never really knew much of the process or how they got to where they were breaking the story. It has such a stellar cast too, you know as a viewer that you are witnessing something intriguing. So what is Spotlight about? It’s the summer of 2001 and the Boston Globe has a new editor, Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), who’s curious to know why abusive Catholic Priests have gone unpunished. So he sets the paper’s investigative Spotlight team onto the story. This is headed by Walter Robinson (Michael Keaton) and includes tenacious reporters Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo) and Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams). Over the course of six months, they painstakingly piece together the horrifying truth about a systematic cover-up of child sex abuse.
Spotlight has an ensemble cast of high calibre actors including Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, and John Slattery, who all deliver great performances. I predict that Ruffalo will be nominated as Best Supporting Actor for the second year in a row. There is a moment in the film when his character has to show determination and frustration simultaneously as his suggestion is denied by Keaton’s character, and at this point in the story we are forced to side with Ruffalo and the scene is heartbreaking. Keaton for me was robbed of a nomination here, he was brilliant his great run of form continues. McAdams does a great job too but I honestly didn’t understand her nomination.
Most people would probably describe the film as being slow-paced, to which I would respond that the movie wouldn’t accomplish anything more than if it was edited to have a faster pace. This film needs to fill the audience in on details, and the audience is aware of that. It allows the audience to get the full impact of what is at issue here if we follow the journalists’ investigation step by step.My last comment is that this film is never visually interesting, but political dramas like this are not meant to be great works of art; rather, they are meant to create a cohesive story with well- developed characters to root for, and the film does exactly that and more. These types of film rely on realism, and while they are not necessarily documentaries, they need to inform us of real-world issues, and Spotlight never fails at doing so.