RELEASED 2015 RUNTIME 129 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION TOM McCARTHY SCREENPLAY TOM McCARTHY, JOSH SINGER STARRING MARK RUFFALO, MICHAEL KEATON, RACHEL McADAMS, LIEV SCHREIBER, JOHN SLATTERY, BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES, STANLEY TUCCI, GENE AMOROSO, JAMEY SHERIDAN, BILLY CRODUP MUSIC HOWARD SHORE
I’m Catholic, on paper. But stories like that prove to me why I don’t give a shit about church. In fact, I would love it to disappear. Blame me!
The movie Spotlight is the story of the group of journalist called Spotlight at the Boston Globe who in 2001/02 uncovered the global child molesting scandal by Catholic priests and its cover up by the Catholic Church that took course over many decades.
So where do I start?! First of all, Fuck you, Vatican! Screw you, Pope! God, where the fuck were you when it happened?! You goddamn asshole!
…Well, with that out of the way, the movie was great. There was no action, no big drama, no love story, no big suspense. Why did I think it was great? Because it kept me interested every minute of it. The way it portrays the work journalists do every day to makes me respect their job much more than it used to. Say what you want, but REAL journalists who actually want to uncover important things are necessary to our society. Without the efforts of people like Spotlight institutions like the fucking church would do whatever they want with us. Journalism matters!
Thanks to them we now know how fucked up the Vatican really is, crowded with pedophiles and liars. How sick do you have to be to defend people who rape children?!
Let’s talk about the performances. Every single person in the movie does a perfect job. The thing about the performances is, they aren’t crazy or anything. They don’t have to be. But they feel real. It’s like watching real journalists doing their daily work. The only standout though is Mark Ruffalo. His character is very energetic and a little more eccentric than the others. But it never feels over the top. It feels natural as a person with that kind of character would really feel like in real life.
And that’s how the entire movie feels. It’s very real. There is no crazy cinematography or special style. It’s a very straight forward story driven film made with perfection.
The script is tighter than a climbing shoe and every scene matters. Even though the plot of the film can easily feel dry when you read it on paper, it is presented in an intriguing and interesting way. You almost want to become journalist yourself after watching the film.
It’s not the type of movie you will rewatch again and again. That’s not the point. But the one time you watch it, it will totally be worth your time. It’s an important movie with great performance and, therefore, highly recommended. Stop watching Deadpool and try something more serious 😉
Actually, no, go watch Deadpool, but don’t forget to buy a ticket for Spotlight afterwards 🙂