Movie Review: Spotlight

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Most people recall the Boston priest scandal that touched every part of the country. Spotlight starring Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo tells the story from the reporters view who broke the scandal.

Spotlight/Open Road Films

Spotlight/Open Road Films

The Boston Globe investigative team known as Spotlight gets tasked with looking into the story after the new Managing Editor Marty (Liev Schreiber) comes in and asks why they haven’t ever bothered. As an outsider from Miami its assumed he’s digging but since the culture and readership of the Globe is more than half Catholic the team assumes it will not be worth their time but needs to placate him so they can go back to their other project. Robby (Keaton) the head of the Spotlight team figures a cursory look will be enough to get Marty off his back and get him back to doing their own projects but when the team starts digging it unfolds into a bigger and bigger hole. Mark Ruffalo is very nuanced in his role as Mike. He is one of those Catholic in name only, who has a bad taste in his mouth about the whole Arch Diocese. When he starts to talk to victims and the lead attorney Mitch Garabedian (Stanley Tucci) he realizes that it keeps going. All the members have one defining moment where they think this may or may not be true where they come to their own point of clarity that this cover-up goes as far up the chain to the Cardinal.

Spotlight/Open Road Films

Spotlight/Open Road Films

Spotlight is rather gripping which you don’t always see when you already know how it ends. While very little of the main characters backgrounds are fleshed out there’s the underlying current of how did it get covered up for so long. Its less about them hiding and more about the people who were complicit in brushing it off as talk. The air of it just being gossip is so strong in the beginning even the Spotlight team is guilty of it. They realize their complicity and strive to stop it from continuing. Even though none of them were directly affected each of them was only 1-2 people removed and seemed to just ignore what was right in front of them for years. Spotlight is well acted and sad at the same time. It takes you back to that moment to where most of us recall which is after the stories broke but we get to see how they got there and how much digging was done. I even came out of the film and the first thing I did was see if Cardinal Law was still alive. Rachel McAdams, Brian d’Arcy James and John Slattery also star.

My Rating: Full Price
Director: Tom McCarthy
Studio: Open Road Films
Release Date: November 25, 2015
Run time: 2 hours 8 minutes
MPAA Rating: R