Sunday, January 3, 2016

Jason versus Spotlight

OK, a true story about investigative journalism doesn't sound like The Basement's usual pint of ale. But we ARE now about ALL things entertainment, so I figured chiming in on this much buzzed about bit of awards fodder wouldn't be such a bad idea. Besides, I really wanted to see it. Wanna fight about it?

Didn't think so.

So does Spotlight deserve all its praise? Good acting? Directing? Story? All that other pretentious bullshit? Hmmm? Stick with me!

Yeah, it does, actually. This is a fucking good movie! Actually, it's more of a film than a movie, if you go by Christian Slater's True Romance definition of films and movies. It's one of the better films I've seen in a long time, and held my interest from start to finish. I actually haven't come across a lot of films OR movies that have done that for a long time.

For one, this story really happened. And stories like this have and will continue to happen. And the reason why is because few people are willing to do anything about it. You'd think, when word reaches authorities that a priest has sexually abused a child, someone would. But it's the church, and such things tend to get swept under the rug.

So thank Jebus these investigative reporters at The Boston Globe did something about it in the early 2000s. The story, and how it unfolds, is exciting in a non-action packed kind of way. And they got the portrayal of journalism right. I'd know. I was a journo for 10 years.

Too bad this kind of investigative journalism is dying, but that's another story.

This flick belongs to Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and company. Someone better get a Pretentious Award nomination. Keaton especially.

As for the subject matter, it's handled well and isn't exploitive. But you get the point, and that makes the payoff even better. This, folks, is one that must not be missed when you're in the mood for a film and not a movie.

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