MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2021 (#22 of 48) – Spotlight (2015) – Encore Review 5


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #22 of the 48.

Let’s continue with… 

Initial Viewing Memories – I was captivated from the very first time that I saw this film because of the way that they tell this story. I was among those who hoped it would prevail at the Oscars for Best Picture because it tells such a powerful story in a very compelling way.  I can watch this over and over because it stays so interesting every time because the story is so relevant and is told in a way that helps make things feel so personal to anyone watching.

“We need to focus on the institution, not the individual priests. Practice and policy; show me the church manipulated the system so that these guys wouldn’t have to face charges, show me they put those same priests back into parishes time and time again. Show me this was systemic, that it came from the top, down. ” – Marty Baron

Number of Times Seen – 6 (23 Dec 2015, 24 Feb 2016, 30 Jan 2017, 27 Apr 2017, 26 Sep 2019 and 13 Jan 2021)

Link to original reviewHere, Here, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A group of investigative reports at the Boston Globe uncover a scandal that has been going on for decades.

My Take on it – Such a captivating film that is able to prove that a powerful story can be told with a true ensemble cast. None of the actors involve din this film feel like the lead and that helps the audience stay more focused on the story itself which is the true star of the story. They keep things paced so well that the intrigue level is slowly raised little by little to a point where the audience is able to feel the anger over all that has transpired. The story is told from a great perspective and does its bets to keep it all to facts instead of attempting to make it more emotional. Obviously, over the course of the story, the emotion creeps in and overtakes both the characters and the viewer because of the poignant and powerful story that unfold here. The script is written so well that it stays so encompassing from start to finish.  Love the way that they throw in lots of surprises along the way that help the story become even more powerful as things progress. Th fact that this film is based on true events is flabbergasting, but now that the truth is out, it will help so many people deal with the demons of the past. This was very deserving of it’s two Oscar wins for Best Screenplay and Best Picture! Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This movie won the first-ever Veritas Award for the best film based on, or inspired by, real events and people. The honor, awarded by members of the Los Angeles Press Club, is presented based on a film’s fidelity to its subject matter and artistic excellence. Bridge of Spies (2015) was voted runner-up (February 2016). (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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