Plot: Spotlight is based on Tom McCarthy’s engrossing true life chronicles. This film tells the story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal and cover-up of child molestation within the local Catholic Church. This affair, once uncovered, shook the Catholic Church to its core. Spotlight is packed full, but rarely seems overstuffed. Overall, Spotlight is an excellent story-telling experience. 8/10
Cinematography: Tom McCarthy does a terrific job directing this film. Spotlight relies heavily on dialogue which can lead to a boring film. However, Tom McCarthy’s narrative style, as well as an excellent screenplay, makes this an exceptional drama. Spotlight is a great example of McCarthy’s ability to tell a story. 8/10
Characterization: Although this film relies heavily on narrative, it still manages to establish quite a bit of characterization. The main reason the characterization is so fantastic is due to outstanding performances by Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams. 8/10
Conclusion: Spotlight won two well-deserved Oscars; one for best screenplay and another for best motion picture. Spotlight is an amazing story that is told on screen in a phenomenal way.
Final Score: 8.0/10