Five Reasons You’ll Love It - May 19, 2016

Spotlight - Five Reasons You’ll Love It
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Spotlight - Five Reasons You’ll Love It

It wowed critics, grossed almost $90 million and picked up two Oscars, including the most coveted of all, Best Picture, it’s journalism drama Spotlight.

The movie stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery and Brian d'Arcy James and tells the story of how a team of investigative journalists at the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, a scandal which has consequences around the world.

We caught an early screening of the movie just before it was released into cinemas and have rounded up five reasons you’ll love it...


It’s a great cast and they all deliver…

Both Ruffalo and McAdams scored Oscar nominations for their performances, but Keaton, Slattery and James are all just as strong, given this is mainly a movie set in paper-filled rooms, the performances are front and centre and they deliver absolutely.


And there are some great supporting players…

The praise has been rightly focused on the key players, but the movie also benefits from some sterling supporting actors. Stanley Tucci is excellent as the difficult, but kind-hearted lawyer Mitchell Garabedian, Billy Crudup excels as Eric MacLeish, the slippery attorney who has been making a fortune representing victims of sexual abuse, and Liev Schreiber, who plays the understated editor of the Boston Globe Marty Baron.


It’s very gripping…

Coming in at a relatively lean 121 minutes, the film moves quickly and constantly, you’ll be captivated from beginning to end.


It’s scripted beautifully…

It’s easy to see why director Tom McCarthy and writer Josh Singer walked away with an Oscar for the script for Spotlight, it takes a desperately difficult subject and a long, complex investigation and distills it into a powerful movie with a real pace and punch.


It’s understated in all the right ways...

Tackling such a horrible subject it’d be easy for the filmmakers to include lots of shouting and scenes of the journalists delivering speeches that begin “Why God? Why?” and there’s a bit of that, but not lots. This isn’t melodrama, it’s much, much better than that.

Spotlight is released on DVD on Monday (May 23rd) and is available to purchase here in hmv’s online store.

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