review: spotlight (2015)

Synopsis (IMDB): The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.


And yet another great film. I didn’t catch this one at TIFF, so just watched it the other day. I did catch the red carpet though, so scroll down to the bottom of this review to see some fun red carpet photos! Unfortunately couldn’t get a snap of Michael Keaton, as he arrived late and pretty much ran inside, but got most of the other main cast members.

I feel like with topics like this, you can’t really make a bad movie. If you have decent actors & actresses, equipment, and a budget, the story really carries itself, with the riveting subject matter and all. However, I do have to say that Spotlight was a great film.

Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams definitely carry this. Their performances were so NATURAL – playing journalists who seek out to uncover a story, and then gradually realize the horrifying extent of the subject matter at hand. They just really seemed like actual people, and not typical overly-exaggerated, messed up movie characters. Cheers to them, as well as the writers.


Everything in the film intensified so genuinely and natural that I never had that “WOW” shock moment that occurs when watching some other movies. Now, that may sound like a bad thing, but it was actually very refreshing. Instead of a dull beginning, suddenly climaxing to an extreme height of intensity, and then simmering right back down – Spotlight carried me more pleasantly (probably not the best word) to the climax of the film, and then left me around there until the end.

One thing I have to say though, I actually spotted a few technical errors that we’re a little jarring when watching – but that’s just nitpicking.

just my rating: ★★★★1⁄2

Other reviews on Spotlight:
filmmixtape: In Review! “Spotlight” Holy Work: A “Spotlight” Review



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