Spotlight – Review

Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer give us the true story of how the Boston Globe unravelled the secrets of the Catholic Church associated with child abuse. This powerful drama which won the Best Picture at the 88th Academy Awards shares with us a controversial yet gripping drama. Throughout the recent years, the outbreak of news linked with Roman Catholic priests, abusing and raping children is simply deplorable; Spotlight shines a light on this matter and shows the audience the Spotlight team; part of the Boston Globe, who spent months investigating and breaking barriers just to get this news to the public.

Arguably, the grooming of children by the Catholic Church had been happening many years before the outbreak of the Boston Globe’s article in 2002, but it took a non-Catholic and a non-Bostonian to become the editor of the Boston Globe (Liev Schreiber plays the editor Marty Baron) and persuade the journalists to go after this specific story. Schreiber is portrayed as a stern editor, showcased by incredible talent, supported by the sublime cast that accompanied him on screen. The Spotlight team is led by Walter Robinson (Michael Keaton) who is well respected within Boston who networks with half of Boston’s big-shots over golf and charity dinners. His team includes reporters Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) and Matt Carroll (Brian d’Arcy James), Ruffalo in particular puts in an amazing shift as a temperamental reporter purely ardent for the story his team are chasing.

The main problem they encountered in this film was the fact that Boston was primarily a heavily populated Catholic city; going after a story as scandalous as this was not going to go down well not just with the Catholic Church in Boston, but also every other Catholic priest in the world leading up to the Vatican; the Spotlight team soon gathered that after finding out 87 priests in Boston were connected to child abuse, their story was not only going to shake their city, but the rest of the country and other nations. The Spotlight team’s breaking article in 2002 subsequently led to other states in the United States and other countries exposing countless number of child abuse reports, which consequently placed a spotlight on the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church – the Vatican.

This film does not just place concentration on the child abuse scandal, but also the relentless groundbreaking investigations reporters carry out to break stories such as the one shown in Spotlight. Yes, this film may lack a slice of enthusiasm and excitement, but it provides us with a riveting crime drama that makes you appreciate the art of journalism more than you did before you watched it. Definitely an Oscar-worthy picture.