The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst Kept Secret (2018)


“The profile I did of Harvey in 2002 was called Beauty and the Beast.  And the beauty is that he is a really talented son of a bitch and he deserves credit for that. But he deserves blame for being this monster. Most people in the world knew. “oh it’s Harvey.” – Ken Auletta

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Dec 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary that tries t explain how the toxic atmosphere in Hollywood burst open when Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual misconduct by numerous actresses.

My Take on it – This is a film that I was quite interested in seeing after I recently heard about it because the subject matter is fascinating.

Unfortunately, this film isn’t comprehensive enough and the way that they explain things is done haphazardly with regard to how prevalent this kind of attitude and inaction in Hollywood has been for decades.

This film only manages to give us the tip of the iceberg of this problem and fails to give enough of an explanation as to how and why no one ever tried to stop things before the recent events that opened up the possibility for all of the women who have come forth with stories of abuse over the decades.

This film manages to show how crazy everything has been over the history of the film industry and it’s truly amazing how much fear was instilled in these thousands of women who were afraid to come forward with their stories and the truth.

This is even more disturbing because of the fact that it was well known that this was always going on.

It’s actually quite sad that this film is presented in a way that doesn’t add much more to what is already known about this subject matter and these scandals and they missed a great opportunity to do even more with such an idea and that’s quite a shame.

Bottom Line – Very good documentary that is unfortunately not comprehensive enough in explaining the situation in Hollywood that has been prevalent for decades. This film gives us just the tip of iceberg of the information relating to what happened and why almost no one came forth until the dam was broken recently. The film shows the craziness of the situations and it’s truly amazing how this scandalous behavior was never called pout previously especially since it truly was something that was well known.  What’s sad about the way that this film is presented is that it fails to really add much more to what is already known about these scandals and they missed a great opportunity to do even more with such an idea.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Powerful, personal and uncensored, Barry Avrich’s The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst Kept Secret explores the most explosive scandal in pop culture’s history: sexual misconduct in Hollywood. The film is raw and a culture-change agent. The film begins with an insider’s account of the once-feared and loathsome Harvey Weinstein, and the launch of an emotional movement that led to the evisceration of some of the biggest players in show business. It features devastating accounts from a diverse cast and points a spotlight on the irrefutable facts that propelled these seemingly-invincible players to be protected and their secrets hidden at all costs. (From Rottentomatoes)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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