Spotlight Movie Review


Man, Michael Keaton is on quite a roll lately isn’t he?

It’s the time of the year where I try and catch up on Oscar-buzz movies before the actual Academy Awards ceremony in February.  Spotlight is one of those movies, so I decided to check it out.  It is about a group of newspaper reporters for the Boston Globe who specialize in investigative journalism.  They were the first to uncover and report on the sexual molestation of children by priests in the Catholic Church.

This is a very good movie that relies on great performances and an interesting story to keep you invested in the movie the whole time.  It’s a slow building drama that needs both of those things in order for the movie to work.  The movie has an amazing cast that features Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, and Stanley Tucci, all of whom give great performances.  But the main star of the show is Michael Keaton, who follows his Oscar nominated performance in Birdman (which I’ll admit I still haven’t seen) with another brilliant performance here as the editor of this group of journalists.  The story is also interesting, despite most of us knowing about these accusations against the Church now.  It is still intriguing to follow the characters as they try to uncover this for the first time.

The movie isn’t without its flaws, but they are small.  One gripe I had was there are a lot of characters to keep up with, some of which are underdeveloped.  This makes the movie a bit hard to follow at times as you are trying to figure out who is who.  It also tries to have some twists in the story that I thought were a bit predictable.  In addition, I would have liked if they had added some sort of note in at the end that made it clear that child molestation does not just occur in the Catholic Church, but in all religions and denominations.  I’m not Catholic by any stretch, but it seems unfair to demonize priests in that Church when it happens elsewhere.  Obviously the story itself focuses on Catholics, but a quick note at the end would have been nice in order to avoid any misunderstanding that other Churches are free from this kind of thing.

All of those are small problems, however, that do not take away too much from a really good movie.  I recommend giving it a watch, especially for the performances of the all-star cast.  Spotlight gets a 4.25/5.

Have you seen Spotlight yet? If so, what did you think about it? Let me know in the comments.