Hello, fellow moviegoers!
At this point in the year, we are really starting to get into the heart of Oscar Season. We’ve seen great films such as The Martian, The Walk, and Black Mass while, we still have some very potential Oscar candidates such as The Revenant, In the Heart of the Sea, and The Hateful Eight still to come. The latest film to be released “widely” across the United States is Spotlight. I put that in quotations because I did have to drive an hour to see the movie, as I’m fairly certain it was only playing in one theater in the state of Nebraska. It has expanded to three or four since then, but I still wouldn’t consider that a “wide” release.
Spotlight is the true story of a group of reporters employed by Boston Globe that make up the investigative reporting team from which the film gets its name. The film focuses upon their research into the Catholic Church that ultimately unveils a massive child molestation scandal that has been going on for decades. Spotlight has a magnificent cast that consists of Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, and Stanley Tucci. This film was in my top five most anticipated films of the 2015 Oscar season. So did it live up to expectations?
I would consider Spotlight to be the first real lock for a Best Picture Nomination. There aren’t very many of those this year. It’s all kind of up in the air for now. But this film is a very emotional piece, and it’s one that everybody needs to see.
Director Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer wrote the script masterfully. They were really able to portray the horribleness of what was going on in a way that the audience felt the gravity of the situation without actually having to see it. The script overall is what brings this movie together. You can’t have a good movie without an equally as good script, and this film has a great script.
The film did have a very slow pace. Which isn’t a bad thing for a film like this, but that may turn some viewers off from seeing it. I personally didn’t mind it, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind when deciding what to see this weekend.
The only real negative is there wasn’t much climax. If you’re going to have a very slow paced film, then the climax better be one that will literally have you on the edge of your seat. This film didn’t have that. I could tell when the film was going to be coming to a resolution, but it wasn’t the most exhilarating part of the movie.
At the end of the day, the strength of this film lies in its cast. The acting in this film was tremendous. Rachel Adams was enthralling, Live Schreiber was the best I’ve ever seen him, and Stanley Tucci’s character was brilliantly portrayed. But, Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton are definitely the standouts. They were both magnificent! It wouldn’t be a surprise if both of them get Oscar nominations for their individual roles.
Spotlight is one of the best films to come out this year so far. I would highly recommend you go out and see it! While it’s not perfect, it’s definitely worth the $10 price to get in.
So what did you think of Spotlight? Do you think that the cast is going to get any Oscar nominations? Let me know by commenting on this post! Also, if you enjoyed this review, share it on Facebook and Twitter! It really helps. Don’t forget, I do have reviews for The Good Dinosaur and Creed coming out later this week, so check back for those!
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