For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Ensemble Movies, here’s a review ofSpotlight (2015) by me.
Next month’s genre has been chosen by Amanda of Hollywood Consumer and we will be reviewing our favorite L.A. Films.
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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Amanda!
Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
“I know there’s things you cannot tell people. But I also know there’s a story here people will hear about it. ” – Mike
Number of Times Seen – 5 (23 Dec 2015, 24 Feb 2016, 30 Jan 2017, 27 Apr 2017 and 26 Sep 2019)
Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of how a group of reporters uncovered a conspiracy by the Church to hide rampant abuse of children over decades in the city of Boston.
My Take on it – This is an amazing film that feels so relevant because the story itself easily can hit home to just about anyone.
The story is able to stay compelling and suspenseful throughout even though it deal with a group of reporters trying to make a break on an Earth shattering story.
This is another great example of an ensemble film where none of the character feel like the lead character and instead the story itself is the main character than helps move things along by weaving in and out of the characters lives and sub-plots.
I’ve seen this film 5 times, an despite this, it still shocks me every time at the scope of this story and how so many people swept this secret under the rug for decades even though it was such a strong impact on so many people’s lives.
This film wasn’t the front runner for Best Picture at the Oscars that year, yet it still got enough support that it was able to take home the big prize due to the fact that the story is so amazingly played out here.
The story is quite gripping from start to finish and the story finds ways to throw out more and more shocking revelations as things unfold in a very intriguing way.
Bottom Line – Amazing film that is able to stay compelling and suspenseful despite it being about a newspaper’s work in trying to uncover an earth shattering story. The film is a great example of the use of an ensemble cast where none of them feel like the lead character because the story itself is the main character that weaves its way through it all. Even after having seen this film numerous times, it’s still so shocking that this kind of thing occurred and whats more shocking is the fact that it was swept under the rug so many times by so many people over many decades. This wasn’t the front runner to win Best Picture at the Oscars that year but it actually is such an amazing story that in retrospect it isn’t surprising that it could win over the rest of the nominees. It is so gripping from start to finish and keeps upping the ante along the way with more and more shocking revelations that makes it so intriguing to watch unfold. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jimmy LeBlanc, who plays Patrick McSorley, was himself an actual survivor of the clerical abuse scandal, so when director Tom McCarthy first brought him in for rehearsals with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci, he was concerned that ‘revisiting’ Jimmy’s abusive past might be too emotionally traumatic for him. However, as McCarthy later accompanied Jimmy out after the session, he asked him if he was freaked out by his first ‘acting’ experience with the other actors. “Of course I’m freaked out,” Jimmy said, “that was the Hulk and Batman and that guy from the devils wear prada.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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