Spotlight is directed by Tom McCarthy and stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Brian d’Arcy James, John Slattery, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci. It is a biographical film about the Spotlight reporters for the Boston Globe who uncovered the child molestation scandal within the Catholic Church. This horrible discovery in recent history is harrowingly presented in this film; it is tough to experience, but that’s what makes the film great. It doesn’t dumb down the events or over dramatise them, but instead presents them with terrifying truth, Spotlight is really brilliant.
The film takes a very realistic tone. The disturbing reveals hit hard as the characters hardly ever react to bad news in an overly dramatic way, but instead just sit back and take a minute to let what’s happening sink in, and so as an audience member you have time to digest each horrific piece of information and so it has a great impact. The dialogue is spot on, incredibly genuine, and is brought to life brilliantly by all the actors on screen. They all bring such truth to their performances that you can’t help but feel connected to them. Everyone, no matter now small the part, feels real, and so it’s hard to pick out the stand out cast member as I felt there wasn’t one. Even though Ruffalo probably had the biggest part he was just a piece of the great ensemble that brought this film to life.
The film is perfectly paced to create the strong impact that it’s aiming for. It takes its time and slowly builds the horror of the scandal, and like I previously said, it leaves time for you to take in what’s going on. It is a thrilling journey as you are dragged down further and further into the scandal. Every reveal is more and more horrifying and by the end I felt sick to my stomach and so sad. It doesn’t just show you the story of the reporters, it makes you live through the disgusting discoveries yourself and it leaves you weak and drained. I can’t stop thinking about the impact of this film. It haunts you, as this is such a recent and widespread tragedy and it is told so well with masterful writing and acting and slow but perfect pacing.
Spotlight is subtle and realistic, it isn’t full of action or fast paced moments, but is instead steadily paced and subtly told in the perfect way. I was really impacted by this film, and while it might not be everyone’s favourite as its very down to earth and not large and dramatic, I feel like this was the perfect way to portray this true story as it makes the impact feel real and so all the more horrifying. A hard film to swallow, but one I believe everyone should experience. It is of great significance and importance and perfectly made.
P.S. The ending of this film is really genius, it rips out your heart and makes you feel disgusted at the scale of the scandal. I think this is one of the most important films about recent history in a long time and one of the best films of 2015. I really hope it wins some Oscars.