Silence. You could hear a pin drop in the theater after this 4:35 p.m. showing of Spotlight. As the credits rolled, it took audience members at least a minute before they started to move. Rightfully so.
With the final scene fading out on a room full of reporters answering the phones, the ending had no closure. However, I think that was the intent. This issue isn’t “resolved.” These men are still out there. And many names are still hidden from the public’s attention.
While the media gets blasted on a daily basis, people tend to forget some of the great things the media does. One being stories like this. There is no other platform that can present this issue as well as a newspaper.
While it may be easier to print bits and pieces of a story as it comes in, that’s not necessarily the right or best way. While acts of molestation are sickening and need to reported, there needs to be that time and research before going into the issue. If not, where is the value? Where is the credibility? If you have the time to get it right, get it right.
Now this may battle with your journalistic ethics, but that is all you have. That’s all these reporters had. At the end of the day, it’s up to the individual journalist to know what they are reporting is true and what will minimize the amount of harm.
While I could continue on journalistic principles, my main purpose for watching the film was to write this review. I didn’t realize how important it was going to be for me once I left the theater.
There is no glamour. There is no glitz. There are real people with real stories. In my past few reviews, I’ve been able to hone in on one particular actor’s performance. However, the actors were irrelevant – yes, irrelevant – in this film. And it’s funny. The film stars a-listers like Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, etc.
The story will make you ask questions. How does this make me feel? How does this affect me? How does this affect my community? From this, it’s up to you to take action.
People always want the action, the adventure. I want the story I want to remember. And just like Doubt, I will always remember Spotlight. It took the risks some refuse to take. It dug into what is uncomfortable and shoved it right in your face. But most importantly, it told the truth.
Watch the trailer for Spotlight below!