Spotlight

Spotlight Marty Baron, Walter V. Robinson, Michael Rezendes, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d'Arcy James, Stanley Tucci, Billy Crudup

Spotlight: a special investigative unit of The Boston Globe investigate a potential child sex abuse scandal within the catholic church. Obviously, this is a fantastic ensemble cast; as you’d expect, everyone puts in a top shift and is rewarded with their moment. Granted the subject matter is tough to handle, but the movie plays it far too safe for me, with very little in the way of dramatic moments – it’s basically a couple of damp revelatory moments where one priest becomes thirteen, then more, then more, and Ruffalo’s rant was the single outstanding dramatic moment. Despite the journalists having an ‘enemy’ or ‘target’ there’s no real counterbalance or push back from the church – just one scene with the cardinal. The direction doesn’t help much either – felling so flat and removed from the story that it may as well have been marketed as a made-for-TV documentary. More than anything, it feels like a film that’s really personal to Boston and Bostonians; it’s set in Boston around their seemingly overbearing institutions which – as an outsider – maybe that’s the knockout punch that missed me. The profile and performances of such fine actors is really the only selling point for Spotlight, which is a disappointingly low-profile and unimaginative telling of a shocking and evil crime.

Score: 6/10

Note: for this film to have so many Oscar nods feels bizarre. Sometimes you see the list and can understand why films are on it… but not Spotlight. Nu-huh. Nope. Nein.

  • Best picture? ROFL – it’s barely a “movie”.
  • Best Supporting Actress? ROFL – McAdams is good, but gets almost no screentime.
  • Best Supporting Actor? Fair do’s, Ruffalo is the best thing in this.
  • Best Director? ROFL – More like BLANDEST Director
  • Best Editing? ROFL – it’s basic.
Mark ROFLO

I’m with Mark on this one – ROFLO!!!

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11 comments
  1. I’m also bemused by the film. This is a big subject and it never really felt big. There was a distinct lack of power and provocation.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Absolutely – felt it was very flat. It’s almost the complete opposite of Oscar Bait, but still seemed to get them!

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      • We saw The Big Short which I believe is far better!

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  2. arianekuijt said:

    Didn’t like the movie either. And I don’t get why it is nominated for an Oscar. I’m glad I didn’t pay to see it, because it would have been a waste of money.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      I’m sad that I just paid to see this instead of The Reverant!

      Like

      • arianekuijt said:

        In my opinion is the Revenant a better movie! But I wouldn’t call it the best movie of the year or something, it was okay. I liked the way of filming in the Revenant, though.

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  3. Totally agree that Ruffalo is the best thing in this. Good review.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      I’ve been a fan of his since Just Like Heaven – never seems to put in a half assed shift.

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  4. This looks terrible. I’m surprised you gave it such a high score.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      The acting is great. The Story is shocking. But it’s just so ham-fistedly handled by the director that it overshadows the good stuff.

      Like

  5. Dan O. said:

    My favorite of the past year by far. Nice review.

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