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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Million Dollar Arm (2014)

Disney brings us the true story of RInku and Dinesh, two boys who win a competition in India to play baseball back in the USA. This was a last attempt to save a flagging career by sports agent JB Bernstein, who travels through India with a novel concept to recruit young men.

The strength of this movie is that its based on a true story, which makes it more real than aspirational. It is handled sensitively, showing a more rural and congested India, but not as gritty and stark as ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. What starts off as unique strategic move, turns into an evolutionary journey for all those who are on it.

Classic ‘sports film’ moments, the well placed highs and lows, the background score, make this film predictable, yet enjoyable. The casting is very impressive, with a host of talented actors present, but not necessarily impactful.

In the end I think this film was more of a culture exchange, rather than atheletic, which gave it its warm fuzzy Disney feel.

A strong pitch with a soft heart.

3/5