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Spotlight Movie Review

Frances Casaine, Guest Writer

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It’s no surprise that people would take interest in a film that took home the Academy Award for Best Picture; especially when it’s a movie that sheds light upon the darkest shadows of reality. The 2015 biographical film, Spotlight, tells the story of how the Boston Globe uncovers the truth behind a child molestation scandal associated with the local Catholic Archdiocese.

In early 2001, the Boston Globe hires a new editor, Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), who suggests the Spotlight team should dig further into a prior column written about the cover-up of a child molestation case, involving a Catholic priest. Upon beginning their investigation and developing their story, their search for information on the case leaves the team with astounding results.

The film (directed by Tom McCarthy) portrays the original Spotlight team journalists Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Walter “Robby” Robinson (Michael Keaton), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams), and Matt Carroll (Brian d’Arcy).

This film expertly exposes and represents the life of a journalist, as well as the risks and sacrifices they make in order to inform the public. This film also captures the ideologies behind deceit, abuse, and truth in a way in which the audience is left asking for more.

After watching this film, personally, I was surprised at the fact that such sensitive ordeals are brushed aside. And never properly explained. I feel like this movie deserves credit for the fact that it modestly unveiled one of the most horrendous and disturbing events that could happen in society. Although the story behind the film is not one to share at the dinner table, it is one to think about.

Needless to say, this film received plenty of ridicule and was accused of false recollection of what truly happened, but that doesn’t limit the recognition it deserves. Spotlight also took home the Academy Award for Best Screenplay, and received various nominations for other Academy Awards, as well as Screen Actors Guild Awards, and was featured in the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.

Regardless of the backlash this film may have received, none of it could undermine its place in the spotlight.

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