Co-writer and director Tom McCarthy's riveting new film is based on the true story of how a group of Boston Globe reporters exposed a massive scandal and cover up of child molestation by priests in the local archdiocese. It is the best investigative thriller since "All The President's Men".
The film stars an ensemble of quality actors. Liev Schreiber is Marty Baron, the new editor in chief who strongly "suggests" opening an investigation into the church. The team of specialized reporters known as "Spotlight" are played by Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, and Brian D'Arcy James. their boss is Walter "Robby " Robinson, played by Michael Keaton. While all are just terrific, it is Mr. Ruffalo and Mr. Keaton who really stand out. They inhabit their roles so completely, you forget you are watching actors. The film also stars John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Billy Crudup and Jamey Sheridan as various real life characters important to the story. If there was an Oscar for best ensemble, this group would be a lock for the award.
This is storytelling at its dramatic best. Mr. McCarthy and his co-writer, Josh Singer get all the details right and the script isn't afraid to tackle this delicate subject matter head on. Mr. McCarthy directs his ensemble with an even hand, giving each actor a chance to shine in various scenes. Howard Shore's music drives the action and keeps the story moving at a brisk pace.
Thought provoking, revealing and extremely entertaining, "Spotlight" is easily one of the best films of the year.