Spotlight Film Analysis

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A Catholic priest is now associated with the likes of a rapist and pedophile. Like it or not, it’s an opinion shared by many – reinforcing the notion that it only takes a few bad apples to tarnish something. Yes, even something as powerful as the Catholic Church.

Even more bothersome is the fact the Catholic Church willingly covered up a multitude of priest indiscretions – by merely paying out a small sum of money to victims and transferring the guilty party to another state. And, like most criminals that go unpunished, it’s only a matter of time before they strike again.

At least until they have an unwanted spotlight dropped on them…

In the drama, Spotlight, directed by Tom McCarthy (The Visitor), a star-studded cast, led by Michael
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Each contributes vigorously, but mainly serve as minor collaborators that help further a story that is so inconceivable that it will simply leave you sitting in bewilderment.

The story itself, penned (with Josh Singer) and directed by Tom McCarthy, is nothing short of captivating. No investigative-inspired film has been this earth-shattering and ground-breaking since All the President’s Men – a film that could have easily won Best Picture back in 1976 had it not been pitted against the likes of Network, Taxi Driver, and the eventual winner, Rocky.

Regardless, McCarthy has chiseled out and developed a well-rounded, fine-tooled drama – both via screenplay and directing. The fluidity of the plot is flawless, remaining on point and purposely staying true to developing the story at hand when it could have easily shifted to glamorizing the reporters instead. In turn, the atrocities that are carried out remain at the forefront – and, as silly as this will sound, the ultimate payoff comes in the form of something as simple as endless phone
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The subject matter in Spotlight might not be as sexy or extravagant as in the aforementioned films – but it doesn’t quiver in the face of controversy, either. A stellar cast, led by Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo, brings these Boston Globe reporters (and a slew of other characters) to cinematic life, depicting a tumultuous and disturbing story that plays-out with eventual satisfaction. Writer and director Tom McCarthy is also in line for a wildfire of attention for his contributions, both in terms of writing and directing – a sentiment unlikely to go unnoticed by the Academy. In the end, Spotlight is the epitome of perfection when it comes to historical, informative dramas. And with that said, Spotlight is sure to in the spotlight once award season kicks into full

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