Newsrooms have always been fascinating the Hollywood. Oh yeah! It’s incredibly amazing to bring up a team of actors and filmmakers together and make a movie about a class of journalists who unite together to achieve something humongous.
The formal dresses everywhere, with the belt buckled round their waists, shirtsleeves rolled up below their elbows, cold cappuccino cups in the hand, banging telephones, thumping on doors, trawling through unclean records, and rushing deadline bedlam, yeah this is attractively unattractive world where overtime worked but low-salary paid reporters emerge to unleash the ugly truth above all the beautiful chaos. This usually paves the way to construct films that suffocate on their mealy-mouthed hypocrisy. But very rarely we get a film like ‘Spotlight‘, which is not only the best film about journalism (since the all time classic ‘All the President’s Men‘), it may also be the most significant film not to be missed at any cost.
‘Spotlight‘ is a tremendous newsroom drama that spotlights on what it truly means to be an investigative journalist that literally makes an outstanding difference. The film is about true story, but rather than sensationalize the work of a tiny team of reporters, it efficaciously showcases them as genuine people just doing their duty sincerely.
The Catholic Church may oppose whatever you say about this film because it’s based on a Pulitzer-winning 2002 Boston Globe expose that aims on the decades of child sex abuse assertions against the local archdiocese, the film stars Michael Keaton as the leader of a crack investigative unit: Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Brian d’Arcy James as his bloodhounds. This team takes on one of the largely Irish-Catholic city’s most powerful institutions.
With Tom McCarthy dialling it down under the megaphone, tautly directed, it’s left to the players to deliver their pyrotechnics and they duly soar to the challenge. ‘Spotlight’ has actors who are so good to implicit all that is necessary in their performances. Ruffalo comes closest to standing out in a film that is not full of flamboyant performances, but Keaton is the champion who certainly adds depth to a character that is never seen in the leisure time of his life.
The film pulsates as an edgy shoe-leather procedural and an excruciating ethical play that deals with personal stories honestly without hiding the sight of the larger, more damning reality. Wow, how sensibly narrated that the Catholic church is its monolithic villain! Yet, there’s enough blame to go around to other institutions as well, including the lazy media.
Whatever dramatic licence it may take, the film totes a genuine impression, with McCarthy and his writer exhibiting an investigative newsman’s special talent for digging beyond the headlines out and acquiring the awkward real story behind the fabricated false tale.
Spotlight‘s newsroom ultimately gets its heroes, but among them, there’s no any bloody saint. You get my point? Either YES or NO maybe your answer, but that doesn’t matter as I recommend you all go watch this film at the earliest. ‘Spotlight‘ contains not even a single bad spot to shine as equally as the light that emits from thousand moons at a time.
My rating: I give 5/5 and Best Picture Oscar too.