Batman teams up with the Hulk, Sabretooth, and Irene Adler to bring down a cover-up of child abuse by Roman Catholic priests.
Well, sort of …
Spotlight, a Drama directed and co-written by Tom McCarthy, stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, and Rachel McAdams as The Boston Globe’s investigative unit known as “Spotlight”. The team is motivated by their new editor Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber) to investigate claims that the Archbishop of Boston knew about a local pedophile priest abusing children and did nothing to stop it. As the team investigates, they unravel a grander cover-up that is massive and world-wide. The series of exposé articles they would publish shocked the world and won the team a 2003 Pulitzer Prize for public service.
The movie of their journalistic efforts is rightfully award winning as well. Spotlight is a tactfully done drama with a great ensemble of actors. The film focusses solely on the discussions of the journalists , preferring to allude to the acts of the priests instead of actually showing it. My only critique of the film is how boring it feels. Two hours of office discussions and investigative montages get a little tiresome, despite how well the actors milk emotion out of every scene. The drama and tension can feel forced at times. It’s as if the actors are doing their best to distract you from how boring the movie is, forcing Oscar style performances out of the most mundane of tasks. I believe Mark Ruffalo should be awarded an Oscar for “Most Dramatic Hailing of a Cab”.
Critique aside, Spotlight delivers an emotional tale of what courageous journalism looks like, and the personal sacrifices it takes to get your news to print.