Verdict: A gripping newsroom drama backed by noteworthy performances.
Not every heinous crime gets reported, and if it is committed by an influential person or organisation, there are all chances of it going unnoticed. Spotlight deals with exactly this issue. The film is based on how The Boston Globe‘s investigation team, Spotlight, uncovers a child molestation scandal within the Catholic Archdiocese.
The film begins with Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), newly-appointed editor of The Boston Globe, assigning a team of journalists to investigate the case of a priest, who has been accused of sexually abusing children. The members of this team are Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), W Walter "Robby" Robinson (Michael Keaton), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams), Ben Bradlee Jr. (John Slattery) and Matt Carroll (Brian d’Arcy James). The team’s efforts to uncover the truth forms the rest of the dramatic plot.
Director Tom McCarthy deals with a true story here, and he does a brilliant job with the execution. Not once is Spotlight insensitive towards the victims of the abuse. The initial part of the film is painfully slow, but once Team Spotlight gets its hands on crucial evidence, the pace picks up. The deeper the team delves into the investigation, details get murkier and you’ll be hooked till the very end.
If you thought Michael Keaton couldn’t outdo his performance of Birdman, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. The actor is in fine form and gets every shade of his character right. You can sense his character’s frustration when things don’t go as planned. Rachel McAdams and Liev Schreiber, too, get meaty roles and are competent. The star of the film though is Mark Ruffalo. With this performance, Mark proves why he is one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. A scene in which he persistently questions a lawyer to share certain details with him, shows just what the actor is capable of. Ruffalo has won an Oscar nomination for this performance and it would be a disappointment if he doesn’t win it.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Spotlight is not for everyone. It’s a serious film that deals with a serious issue, and it does justice to it. For the performances alone, the movie is worth a watch.