Spotlight (2015)

Story telling is at its best by director Tom McCarthy in this evenly paced yet riveting film. An ensemble cast it may be, but you feel as if you are observing a real life story unfold in the office of the Boston Globe.

The era is recreated appropriately, for people who knew Boston and how it looked at the time, you feel transported back through the years. The way research was done, the mention of the World Wide Web, is proof how soon the world has progressed to its current state.

Performances are stable and dependable, whilst covering every aspect of a very sensitive and horrific reality. We see the sides of the survivor, the people fighting for them, those who want to keep it quiet, the people who support through silence and the perpetrators. Though humanity is very adept at closing its eyes and ignoring something wrong, this film awakens the sense of responsibility we all have towards justice.

Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci are superb in their various roles, amongst many others who play their parts with sincerity and strength. They have altered their body language and communicate nuances which don’t scream for attention, but demand it, purely through their simplicity.

The lesson out of it is very clear: TRUTH WILL OUT, Always. Watch to see a reality that is still happening everywhere. A subtle slap in the face.

3.5/5

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Fading Gigolo (2013)

John Turturro is the main lead in this insightful film, which he has also written and directed. The story is about the oldest profession, but the twist is sensitive. His chemistry with Woody Allen is perhaps the best, who acts as his ‘agent’. Beneficiaries include Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara and Vanessa Paradis. Liev Schreiber provides the complication in the end.

The writing of the film makes it unique, where we are not concerned about ‘the act’ itself, but the lead up to it. We wonder of course, why the likes of Sharon Stone, for example, would ever require such services. It goes to show that everyone is struggling with their own reality and being attractive isn’t a confirmed ticket to ‘mating’.

Watch this otherwise mild concoction for a very strong subject, which entertains and enlightens.

2.5/5