Cast: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Brian d’Arcy James, Live Schreiber, Stanley Tucci
Director: Tom McCarthy
Length and Rating: 128 min R
Spotlight tells the real life story of the Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team during its investigation into the child abuse being committed by member of the Catholic Church in the Boston area. The stories that were published by the team rewarded them in 2003 the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
The film begins with the head of the Spotlight team, Walter ‘Robby’ Robinson (Michael Keaton), being told by the new editor-in-chief of the Globe (Live Schreiber) to further investigate the series of alleged child abuse incidents being committed in local Boston parishes. This launches one of the best moments in investigative journalism.
This film demonstrates what happens when journalism gets something right. Where in Truth, a film that shows what can happen when a story is rushed and not thoroughly checked, Spotlight succeeded. Portraying the years of investigating that these journalists put into the story, and their commitment to discovering the truth.
This film is truly an ensemble piece, each actor playing a character that dedicated a lot of themselves to getting the story done right. This was their city, their parishes, and their religion that they were looking into. Showing that each discovery of how deep into the Catholic Church this went and the member that participated in covering up affects each character. Among a sea of great performances special mention should be made about Brian D’Arcy James and Stanley Tucci.
“If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a village to abuse it.”
Mitchell Garabedian (Stanley Tucci)