SPOTLIGHT Review

DIG FOR SINCERITY
5 Out Of 5 Stars

GET TO THE POINT BEN!

When the team uncovers the story, they uncover our sincere interest in this one! 

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(In a Boston accent) “Park your car at Harvard Yard” and witness this year’s heavy hitter for the Oscar!

Director Tom McCarthy (Win Win, The Visitor) ushers us into the world of journalism to uncover more of the Massachusetts Catholic Sex Abuse scandal that took was massively brought to life in the early millennium. 

The Boston Globe is newly transitioning under the helm of its new editor in chief Marty Baron (Liev Schrieber).  The news room, overseen by Ben Bradlee Jr. (John Slattery), is not so comfortable with the new transition and has to focus on what Baron thinks is worthy.  While “Robby” as he’s known (Michael Keaton) heads the famously renown and intricate group that specializes in the big stories in which the group takes years to research and prepare, putting such stories in the “spotlight” for all to see.  This group consists of Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams), Matt Carroll (Brian d’Arcy James, and the first name on the ballot:  Mike Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo). 

At the request of the new section chief, Spotlight digs a little in reluctance having to put down what they were currently working on for over a year in search for new answers in the story of the abuse in the Catholic Church.  This leads to more uncovered findings, more clues that develop quite an exquisite front page column that lands on the front step of one’s mind!

Such incredible dialogue as the pieces reveal!  McCarthy and fellow writer Josh Singer’s ability to engage us with the team as they slowly work the case is what I found most enjoyable.  I was most particular to see the love for connecting the truth with the reader amongst everyone in the Spotlight team and how they all go about obtaining that truth but in different ways, specifically with Ruffalo’s character.  A true lover of his craft who took his work to heart as he rode the waves of emotion that it took him on would justifiably sum him up quite nicely.  McCarthy captured the relationships and objectives of these characters brilliantly as they inched along with new discoveries. 

The film digs for the sincerity in us as the team digs for the truth and reveals that we all carry the compassion to help one another.  The interactions of the characters make this press terrene that of an amazing spectacle!

 “Park your car at Harvard Yard” and witness this year’s heavy hitter for the Oscar!

Spotlight (2015) 
Drama, 128 Minutes, R
Written By: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer
Directed By: Tom McCarthy
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schrieber, John Slattery, Billy Crudup, Brian d'Arcy James, & Stanley Tucci

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