The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.

Spotlight: A Real Superhero Movie


Spotlight was a gripping film.  In a time of big action movies, Spotlight excels because of its simplicity.  It was an artistic film with an important message.  The writers, director, and actors presented the tragic topic with integrity and grace.

The cinematography in Spotlight was very gloomy.  The set and costumes lacked bright colors.  Everyone and everything looked gray and empty.  It was like there was a fog weighing down on the world of the story.  This was a great way to set the mood.

Liev Schreiber was almost unrecognizable as Marty Baron.  I’m not used to seeing him in a more reserved, calm role.  He portrayed the character well as did the rest of the cast with their respective characters.

I was impressed with the Boston accents in Spotlight.  While the main characters didn’t have them, almost every other character did and mastered it.  It is one accent Hollywood usually can’t get right, but it came through for this film.  I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of local actors were hired.

I grew up in the suburbs of Boston, so I was very familiar with the setting of the film.  The writers really connected with the city, making the characters feel at home.  The script was filled with little details and references that any Bostonian could understand and relate to.

My favorite part of Spotlight was the ending.  The reporters came back into work after their story had been printed.  The phones rang off the hook.  Robby was the last one in the office.  Since everyone was on a call, he took the next one that came in.  We saw a shot of the Spotlight team at their desks on the phone.  And then Robby said, “This is Spotlight.”  It was a powerful line.  Not only was he answering the phone, he was also introducing the group to the audience.  I’m glad that the film ended right after the story was printed, making this film about the investigation, not the aftermath.  This was a story about the process and how it affected the people involved.

Spotlight highlighted the importance of investigative journalism.  Especially in a time when the internet and instantaneous news are taking over, Spotlight reminds us that elaborate, in-depth reporting is just as essential.  And it can even save lives.

I didn’t realize how bad this situation was.  It was shocking, especially to find out that so many people knew about the abuse, but wouldn’t do anything to stop it.  This was a fascinating story about the reporters, lawyers, victims, and others involved in the investigation who took a stand.  These people are true heroes.

We need more films like Spotlight–films that are powerful and realistic and films that tell the story of real-life heroes.

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