Spotlight Movie Review
Spotlight, which focuses on the Boston Globe’s efforts to uncover the Catholic Church’s wild web of molestation, subsequent cover-ups and corruption in 2002, immediately jumps to the top of the list for Best Picture nominees. A massive and talented cast brings director Tom McCarthy’s insightful and tension-filled drama to life on the big screen and open-minded audiences everywhere will delight in the results. Based on real events, the film becomes a groundbreaking picture in an era known for over the top green screen tomfoolery and barbarianism.
Spotlight is a team within the Globe known for their hard hitting and story breaking journalism. When a new editor (Liev Schreiber) Marty Barron comes on board to shake things up at the paper where layoffs loom, he pushes the team players (Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo among them) to abandon their current projects and re-look at the Catholic institution in the most deep rooted faith-laden town in America, Boston. What the team uncovers is corruption bigger than one could ever imagine.
Ruffalo shines brightest as reporter Mike Rezendes. His hunched look and sometimes muffled speech hides a hidden talent, ferreting out information from the unlikeliest of sources. When lawyers, cops, a long line of molested children and their families all bow down to the Cardinal-led churches in the area, it takes Rezendes’ and his counterparts fortitudes best efforts to break the case as it were.
Spotlight is the best-written film I’ve seen in some time and one which restores faith in these smaller, story driven vehicles that seemingly have vanished from the marketplace. McCarthy paces the film perfectly and wrangles strong performances throughout. It would be a shock if this film doesn’t walk away with its share of hardware come awards season. Consider it essential viewing for those with minds out of the gutter or completely turned off in the age of fast, furious, superhero sequels that nobody over 25 ever wanted in the first place. A sterling effort.