I went to see Spotlight on my birthday. Why? It’s been that kind of year, and I wasn’t in the mood for a light-hearted romp about a bear. Plus, I had no interest in Norm of the North.
Spotlight is based on the true story of a team of Boston Globe reporters who blew the steeple off the Catholic Churches cover up of a number of pedophiles in their ranks. As with most stories about true events, the outcome is widely known. It’s up to the director, in this case, Tom McCarthy, to make an engaging movie about the journey. On that front–he succeeded.
Spotlight is very much an ensemble film. The actors with the biggest parts were Mark Ruffalo who played Michael Rezendes, and Michael Keaton as Walter “Robby” Robinson. Rounding out the main cast are: Brian d’Arcy James, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, and John Slattery. I was not familiar with James, and after a quick Google search, I discovered that he is mainly a stage actor. I hope he makes more films, because I thought he very good.
The closest thing to a “Deep Throat”-type character in Spotlight is Richard Sipe, played by Richard Jenkins. Sipe is psychologist who interviewed over the phone on a few occassions, in order to give the reporters insight into to investigation. Sipe has experience in treating priests, and according to his calculations, about six percent of them are pedophiles. After some quick math, the number in Boston is determined to be ninety. The Spotlight team did some digging, and came up with eighty-seven names. Damn.
Spotlight has won some awards, and is nominated in a number of Oscar catagories. The truth is: none of that is important. If by seeing this film, one person speaks out–that is reward enough.