-or the unquestionable importance of deep work-(shout-out to Ben Hardy)
As the movie began I calmly shifted in my seat with anticipation, knowing this would be good, and it did not disappoint. Now I have a real knack(and by knack, I mean unhealthy inclination) for judging and focusing on the acting and cinematography of a picture even more so than to the storyline, but this was different. Apart from telling two highly giggling teen-aged girls that I am glad their parents let them out of the house but to try and be more quiet, I was in a state of rapture from “any attempt at recording this motion picture will be prosecuted by law”, to well after the DoP’s name appeared on the black-lit canvass of the screen.
That being said I do not have a thing to add or subtract from Keaton, Ruffalo, McAdams, Schreiber, all the way to the supporting characters which were hauntingly portrayed with much needed naturalness and relevance. The survivors, the lawyers, etc. A truly perfect ensemble that painted and lived the story as if they were the true “Spotlight” team.
Every part of the production, the minimal, “normal” but precise cinematography, the costumes, the faint score, the subtle but transcendent accents and mimicry, all worked harmoniously to serve the story, which all movies strive for, but few so skillfully pull off.
Stories, meaningful stories, do not exist without the men and women who dedicate themselves day and night to dig them up, discover the truth and unflinchingly share them with the relevant community, which in this particular case was, and still is, the World. When metaphorically faced with the question: “What pain are you willing to endure?”, the unwavering team behind Boston Globe’s small investigative cell, answered first not with ink, but with curiosity and perseverance.
As Michael Keaton’s character (Robby) back-story hints, we truly do not regret the things that we fail while giving them our best shot, but those we bury into the “night”. Thankfully, he, as did some of the victims, got a second chance. One important idea that I’m glad was subtly underlined here is that faith and grace find their way into our lives even when confronted with the evil which has the potential to pervert all.
Both the original “Spotlight” cast and the Academy awarded one did some important things: audaciously sought and expressed the truth, erasing superficiality off their vocabulary, opened our eyes and gave so many victims a voice, allowing them to look forward to another “mornin’ “.