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Spotlight

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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.

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Cast

Michael Keaton – Walter Robinson

Rachel McAdams – Sacha Pfeiffer

Mark Ruffalo – Michael Rezendes

Liev Schreiber – Marty Baron

John Slattery – Ben Bradlee Jr.

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Spot On

Spotlight wasn’t a bad watch at all. The fact it was based on real events added nicely to the cast talent on screen. Each actor pulls his or her weight, delivering a very plausible performance.
I’ll break it down:

– McAdams is very good. Fully commited to her role of Sacha, the woman kept my attention whenever on screen. Very convincing stuff, but then how difficult is it to perform the role of a completely normal everyday person who works for a newspaper? The woman is talented though; she seems to adapt to very contrasting roles which is great. Shows how versatile she is.

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– Look out for the ‘fat guy’. A victim of church abuse, the man is taken under Sacha’s wing as she extracts as much information from him as possible. Thing is, I couldn’t tell if the chap was supposed to be emotionally engaging or just there to add comic relief. The scene where she takes him for a coffee to get information from him made me cringe slightly. Not only is the man uber gay, but the scene where he breaks down almost made me laugh. As the pair walk through a park, his campness hightens as he covers his eyes with his hand and becomes all flappy. His reaction shattered the whole atmosphere and came across as less priest abuse, more ‘just met Kylie in person’. A comedy – perfect. Spotlight – no.

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Spotlight is very watchable. Although it contains no high-speed enthralling action, it manages to deliver the goods in an entertaining style. The whole true story element blended with one or two very talented cast makes for an interesting watch.

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And that’s it.
Not much else I can elaborate on due to the nature of this movie. Give it a go if you fancy a bit of light intrigue.

 

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