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Spotlight: Average Guy Movie Review

Every now and then a movie is made that should be added to a mandatory list, everything on this list should be viewed by every human being in their lifetime...Spotlight would be on that list. In 2001 the Spotlight team of The Boston Globe was assigned by their new Editor - Marty Baron - to investigate the allegations that Catholic Priests in the Boston area had molested young children and that senior members of the church not only knew about it but had gone to great lengths to cover it up.



Now I am in no way a religious man, never have been and never will be, but I respect the beliefs of others and their rights as free human beings so the last thing I wanted to see was two hours of church bashing. I am very pleased to say that in this movie there is none of that, the story focuses more on the victims and the Journalists who worked to bring this story to light. That's not to say that the church doesn't take any flack, it does, a lot, but given the nature of the story you would expect nothing less. The Spotlight team faced stone walling not only from the Church but from members of the public as well, either through deliberate action, ignorance or both. 





The Spotlight team is made up of Editor Walter 'Robby' Robinson (Keaton), Mike Rezendes (Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (McAdams) and Matt Carroll (Brian d'arcy James). All of whom were raised Catholic. They are supported by Assistant Managing Editor for Projects and Investigations Ben Bradlee Jr. (Slattery) whose Father was Executive Editor at The Washington Post during their coverage of the Watergate scandal and Editor Marty Baron (Schreiber). Stanley Tucci plays Mitchell Garabedian, the lawyer working with the victims in what seemed an uphill struggle for justice. The movie was supported by many of the real Journalists, making themselves available to the actors who would portray them. According to IMDb Mark Ruffalo would ask Mike Rezendes to say his lines during breaks and when visiting The Boston Globe office set the Journalists moved towards what would have been their desks and started rearranging items to how they had them at the time.




Spotlight has been nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Film Editing. It deserves to win every one of its nominations, not because of the subject matter, because it's an incredibly well made, highly entertaining movie that is at times shocking.

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