Thursday, December 3, 2015

Spotlight (2015)

Like a great piece of journalism, this film does not bury the lead. The opening lays it all out: the abuse and the cover-up. The story is out there and it's up to the Spotlight team to follow the clues and uncover the truth. Even the opening shot is a statement of intent. Throughout the film, director Tom McCarthy is placing his camera behind the actors as they doggedly pursue this story. As these intrepid reporters following their various leads, we are in turn following them. And it's all there from the very beginning. The fact that the film opens with one of these follow-shots is not a coincidence. In spite of all the praise this film has been getting, many have found it necessary to point out a perceived lack of style. I just think they aren't looking close enough. It's subtle, but it's there, right in plain sight.

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