by Tony Medley
Runtime 2 hours
Not for children.
If it werenít for Trumbo and Truth, this would be the most
overrated movie of the year. But since all three films appeal to
Hollywoodís left, they are all nominated for awards. Trumbo and
Truth are just awful movies, full of Hollywood lies.
Spotlight, on the other hand, tells the truth. The disappointment is
that the truth it tells, the disgraceful handling of pedophile priests
in Boston, is lost by truly horrible filmmaking.
To be specific, the directing and writing are dismal. Itís made without
a thought of pace. The characters flounder, taking forever to not
accomplishing very much, except to finally publish the story. I was
expecting another All the Presidentís Men, but this misses the
mark on all points.
acting is also dismal. Iím a fan of Michael Keaton, but he is terribly
miscast as the leader of Spotlight, the investigative unit of the
Boston Globe. He speaks in a peculiar manner and is so low key as to
be somnolent. On the other hand, Mark Ruffalo is so peripatetic that he
is just, frankly, unbelievable.
Whatís truly sad is that this could have stood for an indictment of the
abysmal conduct of the Roman Catholic Church, from the pedophile priests
to Cardinal Law who covered the whole thing up, to the Vatican, who
protected these scum.
As a Catholic, I am revolted by bad priests and by the hierarchy that
protected them, especially these monsters, and not just in Boston but in
Los Angeles and throughout the world. But what they did and the effect
they had on their victims barely comes across in this film. I know itís
supposed to be about journalism. As a writer I generally like films
about journalism. But this is just so poorly made that it can put you to
sleep if youíre not careful.
Itís unlike me, but I paid my way into this film because I somehow
missed the screening and really wanted to see it. Big mistake.