Spotlight is the true story of a few of the journalists working at the Boston Globe during the early 2000s. They're part of the spotlight news team, who are essentially a team of investigators who spend, on average, a year on one particular case. Their team is led by Walter Robinson (Michael Keaton), but also consists of Mike Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfieffer (Rachel McAdams) and a few other, not quite as important members. Their team manages to stumble across a scandal that's been taking place in the Catholic church for decades, involving the molestation of children by parish priests. As the team uncover more and more about this case, their findings may shake up the entire world.
So, because of this strange complication, I have come to the conclusion that no one person holds this movie together. The brilliance of Spotlight does not lie in the hands of one particular human being, but instead, in the hands of the entire cast and crew. Everyone is pulling their weight, resulting in a movie that is not just one person's achievement, but everyone's. If Rachel McAdams wasn't in this, it wouldn't have been as good. If Tom McCarthy wasn't directing, it wouldn't have been as good. If Masanobu Takayanagi didn't do the cinematography, it wouldn't have been as good. Everyone came together perfectly.
It may not be super fast or action packed, but it had me glued to the screen, invested in this shocking and revealing true story. Before watching this movie, I was never too familiar with the story, and I clearly had no idea just how big this thing got. As I watched, the case just got bigger and bigger and I was sitting there in utter awe and shock, wanting the case to come to an end, but not wanting the movie to be over. You know a movie's good when you want the plot to end and for everything to wrap up happily, but you don't want the actual film to come to a conclusion as you're enjoying it too much. That was me with this movie.
To sum up, Spotlight is a fascinating, shocking and constantly engaging true story that brings together plenty of talent for a film that just falls together perfectly. The plot is very repetitive, but the film's just so interesting that it doesn't really matter too much.