Directed by Tom McCarthy, who considerably stepped up his game after the failure of his last project The Cobbler, Spotlight is an unconventional film for positing journalists as heroes.
Based on the true story about an elite team of investigative journalists who unearthed a massive conspiracy that the Catholic Church has been covering up pedophilia cases held against its priests. The news was a bombshell published several months after 9/11, which tested the faith of countless Christians around the world.
The film stars Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci, John Slattery, Brian James and Mark Ruffalo — who is definitely holds down the best performance in the movie.
Throughout the film, the script maintains a grounded, realistic portrayal with acute authenticity. Focusing only on the case, most of the characters’ spouses don’t even make an appearance. That however, isn’t at all a detriment to the film, but a perk. The setting and characterisation is thick and rich, that gets better as we delve deeper into the trenches of the events that took place and the men and woman who uncovered them, making their journalistic work an obligation to society that calls to question the governing bodies and authorities of humanity’s most influential church.
VERDICT — With a strong focus on the objective at hand, Tom McCarthy’s magnum opus puts us deep inside the trenches with Spotlight, showcasing a sniper’s concentration on uncovering the story.
RATING: 8.6 — EXCELLENT
MVP: Mark Ruffalo, who plays Mike Rezendes. Along with a heart-wrenching monologue and a glaring obsession with his work, Rezendes is the most likeable, developed and entertaining character of the movie.