“My mother? She put out frickin’ cookies!”


Mark Twain famously said (something along the lines of) “The only difference between fiction and reality is that fiction needs to be credible.” If Spotlight was a work of fiction, you could imagine people criticising its lack of credibility/believablity. Yet, the scandal Spotlight portrays is not fabricated and therefore, is almost unparalleled in its real world impact.

Spotlight tells the story of a city’s decades-long, unwavering acceptance of God’s representatives. When “evil” was staring a community in the face, it took a group of outsiders to uncover the truth and hold the abusers of power to account. Spotlight is clearly inspired by All the President’s Men but takes on a more painful, if similarly sister, story. Spotlight is by no means a carbon copy and, whilst its characters constantly do, Spotlight doesn’t tred on any toes.

It is rare that a film comes along which feels so vitally important, and it is therefore impressively refreshing that Spotlight is totally lacking in grandstand. Tom McCarthy’s preference for simple, precise, scalpel-storytelling gives Spotlight the perfect tone, one of quiet revelation, contrasting a story that should be shouted from the rooftops. There’s no flash and there are no shouting matches. Spotlight’s impact comes almost exclusively through leaks and disclosures, accepting no substitutions for thorough storytelling.

Liev Schreiber’s Marty Baron says that most of the time journalists are just stumbling about in the dark. Spotlight tells us that even when the light flickers on, people will choose to ignore that which they’d rather not see. The importance, and brilliance, of Spotlight is something that deserves not to be ignored.

★★★★ 1/2

Header courtesy of collider and image courtesy of youdontknowjersey.


3 thoughts on “Spotlight

  1. Schreiber’s performance in this was so understated and yet I think it was the best out of the bunch, he played the “outsider” role fantastically. The fact he got snubbed at the Oscars for Ruffalo I think was a great shame (don’t get me wrong Ruffalo is fantastic, as always, yet the entire time he was onscreen I kept thinking about his truly stellar performance in Zodiac)

    • Liev was brilliant, exactly as you say. I wouldn’t call it a “snub” as he isn’t on screen long enough. I can’t disagree with Ruffalo’s nomination either. He really sets the audience’s tone and mood and his every moment feels real.

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