• Joshua Buck

Spotlight (2015) Review

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

The acting was interesting to analyse. Michael Keaton looks stiff and then begins to look agitated as the story unravels showing that he might be holding something back and after watching this film the first time I thought it was because an outsider was coming into the Boston Globe but then I realised it could also be because later in the story that he is withholding information to the spotlight team. It is the relaxation that he has when he has revealed this info that his character seems a lot more relaxed and not as tense as before. Mark Ruffalo provides excellent performance and the scene where he thinks he has the information for the article ready the emotions slowly erupt into a rage and the pure aggression in his lines made me sit up and felt like I was getting shouted at for not saying anything. Which I feel this whole movie is on about. It is truly excellent performance and one that I think completely stole this movie. Not that everyone’s performances were bad but I feel like I will only remember his when I recall the film later on in my head.

This story is a really sensitive one and deals with priests and child molestation and the story really doesn’t hide from this fact. It deals with the topic in a really sensitive way that makes every scene show emotion whilst uncovering what the journalists of Spotlight find. We see the twisted infrastructure that hides what goes on and the effects that these priests have had on peoples lives. Whether it is a lawyer acting a bit too

quietly or a person revealing their story and not wanting their name too be used this story really does have everything. Each scene has a twist and turn and always delivers information that carries the story forward and is great to see, watching each scene link with the information given.

The look of the movie was quite bleak and the colour palette was quite grey. The movie did have a natural feel to it and it made the movie almost feel like it should’ve been a TV movie rather than a feature. I think the bleak colour palette and lack of colour however really represented the story and the bleakness of this world. The silence of colours could almost signify the silence of the abused. Although it does change at one point when Christmas arrives there is an element of colour and this is combined with Walter (Michael Keaton) finding out new information about the case and is a clever way of storytelling.

To conclude, this story is a well-structured journalistic story following the Boston Globe’s spotlight team into the investigation of Catholic Church priests and child abuse/sexual assault. With an information-is driven storyline striving towards an end goal, it makes it a great watch and really hits hard about peoples neglect and turning a blind eye to the horrors that go on in their community.

I rate this movie a very solid 4.5/5.

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