Quelle que soit la nécessité impérieuse de dénoncer les ignominieuses turpitudes de ces malfaisants "hommes en noir" qui conduiront à décerner le fameux Prix Pulitzer aux journalistes, on est loin de partager l'enthousiasme dithyrambique pour l'adaptation cinématographique qui ne commet qu'un bon film, sobre, méticuleux et quelquefois même pesant, tout juste formaté pour les traditionnels Oscars. www.cinefiches.com
Just to remember it: The best picture Oscar nominees 2016 were: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight. You may ask yourself whether or not Spotlight was the right choice. Definitely it's one of the finest newspaper movies. However I can't refrain to compare it with "All The President's Men". I guess the magic of Hoffman & Redford makes the difference.
You might call this film manipulative and tabloid-like, but I believe it truly and honestly expresses something that should resonate within everyone, especially within those who were raised Catholics. The "it could have been me or anyone" feeling the whole story conveys really got to me. The movie inspired anger, fear, further loss of faith and even relief a priest didn't look at me at a time I couldn't have said no.
Great performances all around, Ruffalo in particular strikes a strong chord. But the main character is the news story itself, the way the magnitude of the scandal slowly dawns on the team of hardened journalists and the lasting impact it leaves on their psyche. It speaks to a larger topic, of how the strength of tight-knit communities can turn dark and let pathological behavior fester under the cover of social norms.