Days away from this year’s Oscars and I have just finished the best movie of 2015 – Spotlight. How can it be that I have only just watched this? Did I miss the memo saying that some of Hollywood’s most prominent actors and actresses were joining forces in this American biographical crime drama? Anyways, letting that go, the movie is up for six Oscars, one being for Best Picture and another for Mark Ruffalo as Actor in a Supporting Role. Fully deserved for sure!
Being late to the party, I can now tell you that Spotlight is about the true story of how the Boston Globe’s investigation team Spotlight uncovered the massive scandal and cover-up of child molestation within Boston’s Catholic Archdiocese in 2002. The team does not only blow the lid off the the local scandal, but also managed to shake the entire Catholic Church to its core.
This film handles a particular sore subject, but this is not a single case of molestation, but dozens and dozens of cases. Spotlight takes the topic of molestation to a higher level. It takes us outside the events occurring in police stations or courtrooms, as seen on many crime series. It doesn’t showcase traumatized children or circles around the horrendous details they have gone through. It simply shows the horror in molestation in numbers and silence. The Devil Wears Prada‘s Stanley Tucci, who plays the role of the colorful prosecutor, says it best: “If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to molest a child”.
In addition to this being a great film, Spotlight also has an amazing cast – Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci, John Slattery and Live Schreiber. The team truly works well together, and everyone brought their A-game to the set when filming this movie. But one that stands out is without a doubt Mark Ruffalo, and its no wonder that he is up for an Oscar for his performance. This is not the first time Ruffalo has had the opportunity to distinguish himself outside of the role of Marvel’s Hulk, but this is truly the first time he has managed to do so. And for that he does deserve an Oscar.
All in all, Spotlight is a top notch film and there is no doubt that it deserves 5/5 Oscars. The film really has it all – the right cast, good acting, intriguing storyline, a somewhat happy ending, spot-on directing and its based on a true story. And what doesn’t elevate an excellent movie than the intro “Based on Actual Events“? Anyways, I will be rooting for Ruffalo and the film at Sunday’s big show. With that said, I do hope the film will win all its Oscar nominations.