Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Spotlight Movie Journalism At Its Best
I don't however feel celibacy is the cause of the systemic problem of priests and pedophilia. I think people who are already confused about their sexuality are drawn to the church, thinking they can hide there. As a priest they won't be expected to date or marry, so no one will need to question their sexuality, they assume it will never come up. But of course, psychological issues always eventually raise their ugly head - pun intended.
The movie SPOTLIGHT written and directed by Tom McCarthy, Win Win (click for T&T 2011 interview with the director) and written by Josh Singer (The West Wing” & “The Fifth Estate") does not focus on the Church or one victim, there's one repeat offending priest that gets the ball rolling, but the movie doesn't focus on him either. Instead we get to see how the Spotlight Investigative Journalist team at the The Boston Globe handles these types of in depth pieces, which can take up to a year to research and can result in several hard hitting stories. The team consisted of Walter "Robby" Robinson (Michael Keaton), Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams), Ben Bradlee Jr.,(John Slattery) Matt Carroll (Brian d'Arcy James) and Marty Baron, (Liev Schreiber) who had just taken over as editor of the Globe when he suggested that the investigative team look into the Catholic Church.
It's another great role for Keaton following up last year's Oscar winning hit "Birdman" (click for T&T post). In "Spotlight" he plays a super likable guy with important contacts who treat him like he's a star quarterback. Except in this case he starts to hit too close to home and a couple of higher ups involved in the scandal try to convince him to "be a team player."
You can tell Ruffalo must have studied Rezendes, creating the speech patterns, walk and mannerism of a dedicated reporter willing to work round the clock to get the information he needs.
Nice role for McAdams who looks 10 years younger, not that she was looking old, she's always gorgeous, but she looks like she's in her early 20's in this movie. It's also nice to see her looking and acting like a real person, instead of the coveted, eye catching object of affection.
Slattery is "Mad Men's" Roger Sterling in slightly less glamorous surroundings. Don't get me wrong I love John Slattery, but he so often plays that privileged white guy who's in charge, but knows very little and does very little, yet is still in the mix.
The most colorful character in the movie is Stanley Tucci as Mitchell Garabedian an eccentric independent lawyer representing a number of the victims in individual cases. Has Tucci's body of work ever been honored? It seems like it's time for him to get a Lifetime Achievement award, just think about how many different types of roles this man has played.
The Oscar buzz for Spotlight started at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Bottom Line: The film's passionate journalistic handling of such a sensitive subject matter, will definitely puts it in the Golden Globe, and Oscar running, but it's got some competition “Steve Jobs,” “Carol,” “The Revenant,” another Boston-shot movie, “Joy” and my personal favorite "Room" (click for T&T post).
T&T's LAMB Score: 4 outta 5
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