Spotlight Review

Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 10.56.00 PM   With the Oscar’s on the horizon, I finally got to watching Spotlight, which certainly lived up to the hype surrounding it. Spotlight is an investigative drama that surrounds a very tough subject, that of the numerous cases of child abuse that are directly linked to the Catholic church’s clergy. To tackle such an issue it does take an incredible director and that is something McCarthy proved he was capable of with this film, keeping the investigation riveting, having us comprehend each member of the Spotlight team, keeping each bit of information as hard-hitting and to the core as such information should be presented, and constantly keeping the film moving. Like the Big Short, Spotlight is one of the most horrifying films of the year as you are constantly being presented with more and more information about how the Catholic Church has been concealing these cases and the amount of priests there are involved in this scandalous affair. In that Spotlight succeeds, tackling the issue as efficiently as the Spotlight crew did itself. As for the Spotlight crew portrayed in the film, Tom McMarthy does an excellent job at balancing each character so you don’t lose track of anything that’s going on. Thanks to McCarthy’s excellent on-screen management that proved every member to be equally valuable and pivotal to how this story would ultimately be printed and great performances all round, from Ruffalo too Keaton, McAdams, Slattery, d’Arcy and an excellent addition of supporting actors such as Liev Schriber, Stanley Tucci, and Billy Crudup that elevate the already magnificent pedestal Spotlight  was being held upon. Spotlight is one this year’s greatest films, a horrifying reflection on the treacheries of the Catholic Church, and a 90 out of 100.

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