Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Spotlight (Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer)
Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d'Arcy James, Stanley Tucci, Elena Wohl, Neal Huff
Why I loved this film: Here, you do not learn about the reporters' personal lives except for what you see incidentally as they work at home. There is no romantic sub-plot; there are no action scenes where a reporter punches a priest.
I have never seen a film in which I liked Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Live Schreiber more. There is no Hollywood in these performances. There are no sexy costumes or makeup, no grandstanding for the Academy. The actors are dressed in the usual work attire for news reporters. Much of the film takes place in a grubby shared office full of file folders or in cafes and working class neighbourhoods where informants are interviewed.
'Spotlight' mentions 'Good Germans' – people who kept their eyes closed to the disappearance of their Jewish neighbours. Just so, there were many 'Good Bostonians'. It is sickening to confront the many who were aware of priestly sex abuse and did nothing. Targeted kids were powerless and without allies. After they were abused, some became alcoholics, drug addicts, or committed suicide.
Boston is a small town, with a lot of Irish Catholics who do not want anyone rocking the boat.
The plot is so well-written that I was not bored for a single minute.
I think this story speaks for itself. I am a non-practising Catholic, like so many who grow up, due to corruption stories and phoney priests who try to preach their own fantasy world instead of showing a true and honest one where money will not be the key to achieving your own dreams and a brighter future.
These priests should not make you question the institution, for they are only people (of the worst kind, I must say), but all those who stood and still stand behind them for the sake of religion itself are enough to make you question everything.
I totally recommend this film, whatever your beliefs!