Spotlight: 499 words or less

Spotlight (2015)

Director – Tom McCarthy

Writer – Tom McCarthy / Josh Singer

Starring – Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Liev Schreiber

Genre – Drama

Rating – R

Metascore – 93/100 

Rotten Tomatoes – 98%

Spotlight is a film covering the true story of the Spotlight division in the Boston Globe which investigated sexual abuse cases against the Catholic Church in the early 2000’s.  This movie is easily an award contender and one of the best film’s of the year.

The film is one of the more unique films I have personally seen, the reason being is that it aims to purely tell the story.  It does not overact, over dramatize or showcase acting talent for the sake of awards. The movie is so dedicated to the story and the reality of the massive plague of sexual abuse on underprivileged children in Boston Catholic Churches, that it does not waste its time trying to over perform but aims to completely reveal the true horror of the situation.

The screenplay hits the ground running right from the start and does not wait for you to catch up.  Now, if you enjoy movies with lots of dialogue this movie will leave you very satisfied.  It brings David Fincher’s Social Network to mind in that it does not wait up for its audience and demands your attention. It is constantly developing but knows the perfect time to slow down and let you digest some of the very intense and hard information you are gaining.  The editing and pacing are perfect.  Sitting at 2 hours and 8 minutes there is not a moment wasted and for not one moment does it lose your attention.

The unique direction and screenplay for the movie leaves you feeling as though you just watched a documentary.  Tom McCarthy who is known for his writing for the Pixar movie Up shows his true talent for writing and directing in this film and should with no doubt receive a best picture nomination for his work.

As for the performances within, there isn’t a weak performance. Notably Mark Ruffalo does steal the show, his character is the most relateable and is the most vocal of the lot which gave him more chances to shine but in opposition the rest of the actors give very realistic and believable performances. Micheal Keaton and Liev Schreiber both shine and have a low key characters in opposition to their normal roles. Schreiber particularly showed real talent as he usually plays a hard scruffy tough guy in most of his movies (X-Men Origins Wolverine, Defiance and Ray Donovan) but in this role he plays a very rational and compassionate boss who consistently challenged his team.  Out of all the performances his stood out against the bunch.

I would recommend that you see this movie as soon as you can. Leaving the theater it leaves you feeling as though you have just accomplished a small victory against a much larger monster than you could ever imagine. Although this could be disconcerting you will appreciate sitting and listening to the true story and the lengths that the team of Spotlight went to uncover the church’s actions.

499 rating – 10/10

Author : Jesse Ingram

This movie is currently in wide release but will not be for long, it was originally a limited release so go see it ASAP!


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