The idea of taking on the Catholic Church is a daunting challenge that few take on and even fewer succeed at. The Catholic Church is a centuries old institution that outdates many modern countries, including the United States. This centuries old club has created abundant corruption problems that “Spotlight” took on with fact-based ease.
“Spotlight” chronicles the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team as they investigate reports of child molestation within the Catholic Church. The film slowly rolls out the scenario, starting out by introducing the players and laying out all the necessary pieces for the story.
The cast as a whole complement each other in a beautiful way. The only real stand-out of the bunch is Mark Ruffalo, who has a strange accent that is never explained and has the only stand-out monologue/moment of the entire film. Everyone else in the film could only enjoyably be there if the other actors were there.
The only real extraordinary element of the film is its script. The film relies on facts to tell a thorough and realistic story. Its script solidifies it to go down as one of the best journalism movies to date, on-par with “All the President’s Men” and “Zodiac.” Unlike “Truth,” the other journalism film this year, “Spotlight” uses its script to convince you which point-of-view to take, whereas “Truth” places you in its POV.
Spotlight has been the front-runner in every Oscar conversation so far. While the film is great and worthy of the nomination, it isn’t deserving of a sweep or much less many wins.
The film has basically secured the Screenwriting win and is one of the favorites to win the Best Picture category. However it doesn’t deserve any acting awards. They are real and convincing, but don’t give exceptional or memorable performances. The tender and dramatic moments of the film are either too quick or not realized. The most memorable moment of the film is the epilogue to the movie.
The film is ultimately a great and wonderful film, but whether it’s deserving of an awards sweep is up for question. “Spotlight” will nonetheless go down as one of the greatest journalism films in cinematic history.