Big Movie – Spotlight Review

RATING: 4.0/5

CAST: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Live Schrieber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci


GENRE: Biography

DURATION: 2 hours 8 minutes

MUSIC: Howard Shore

Walter Robinson (Keaton), Sarah Pfeiffer (McAdams), Mike Rezendes (Ruffalo) and Matt Carroll (D’Arcy) together conduct their journalistic work in complete secrecy, owing to the kind of stories they work on. And given the span of research involved, they can take months on a case. The Globe receives a new editor Marty Baron (Schrieber), who reminds Spotlight editor Robinson about a case where in the early 70s, a priest named John Geoghan sexually molested children. And Cardinal Bernard Law (the Archbishop emeritus of Boston) turned a blind eye towards it at pthat time. Could Robinson and team get on the case and uncover the larger scandal? As no doubt, Geoghan is just the tip of the iceberg. Spotlight is pretty heavy on dialogue, completely essential though, as the movie is a no-nonsense retelling of a very serious subject and painstaking effort has gone into getting the details right. The real life investigation conducted by the team of Spotlight journalists won them a Pulitzer Prize. In case you do watch this movie – and it is highly recommended that you do – it’ll be easy to see why they won that honour. Bold, audacious and shocking, a consummate piece of work.

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