Spotlight refers to a group of reporters working for the Boston Globe who do in-depth research on huge and high-priority stories. Back in 2001, Spotlight worked on a story that uncovered a scandal in the Catholic Church about priests who were molesting children. This is the true story of that discovery.
Spotlight is the rare kind of movie that is full of nothing but dialogue but is gripping and engaging throughout. Unlike most movies regarding journalism and uncovering scandals, Spotlight is easy to follow and quite subtle. What I mean by this is Spotlight doesn’t use “big words” just because it can. The story is simple enough for viewers to follow along, but it never runs too far ahead causing people to feel left behind. The subtle nature of the film keeps it straight forward without much deviation from its main idea which I feel this is Spotlight’s 1 main flaw. The flaw is minor, but when a movie this impactful and powerful remains as subtle is Spotlight does, you almost can’t help but feel disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, Spotlight is amazing and superbly made, but I feel like it lacked raw emotion. Several of Michael Keaton’s lines have powerful meanings behind the words, but they are simply spoken rather than felt. I wanted to feel a “You can’t handle the truth!!!” moment, but I don’t think spotlight wanted to go that direction which is ok, but to me, I think it would have left a larger impact.
The cast here is all-star caliber as you can tell. The acting is top-notch, however, I don’t feel as if one actor/actress was above the rest (even though Michael Keaton had the opportunity to rise up.) I feel like the unit as a whole worked together to feed the greatness and the chemistry of everyone made this film into what it is. The topic of the movie might turn some people away, but I strongly feel that other than The Martin, Spotlight is my #2 lock for a 2015 Best Picture nomination. Starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d’Arcy James, Liev Shreiber and Paul Guilfoyle.
9/10 Stars – Subtle and straight forward, Spotlight is well acted, well made and engaging from beginning to end.