Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Spotlight(by Tom McCarthy) Is an Intelligently Dull Movie.
This wants to be regarded as an 'intelligent' movie, and I guess it is. It eschews sensationalism and feels at times more like a European film or a low-budget Cable TV movie centered on dialogue and characters than suspense, thrills, and fireworks. Okay, so this feels more 'intelligent' than most other movies. So, it didn't exploit the sensationalist elements of the subject matter. Still, what does this movie offer that couldn't have been conveyed in a magazine article?
ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, accurate or not, made the investigation feel engaging and alive. Here, we just see people doing their job in mundane manner. Maybe that is closer to the truth, but we sort of know that already, i.e. work is about daily routine and patience. If this movie wants to pat itself on the back for being honest about the nature of work --- that the truth slowly emerges in bits and pieces than as earthshaking revelation, and there is no Eureka moment --- , that's all fine and well. But it doesn't tell us anything we didn't know already.
By the way, why this focus on the Catholic Church? If Hollywood is really daring, how about blowing the whistle on all the crooked stuff done by Jews that have had a far worse impact on American Society? But oh, that would be 'antisemitic'.