Grade A

In 2001, an investigative group of reporters in The Boston Globe known as “Spotlight” decide to follow up on a story of a Catholic priest accused of molesting children.  Their work led to uncovering dozens of priests who molested hundreds of children in Boston over a span of decades, as well as the lawyers and higher ranking priests who covered up the sexual assaults.   Although reports of priests who molest children have already been reported by smaller newspapers years prior to Boston Globe’s article, the other newspapers didn’t have the reach that the Globe had, so when the Globe finally broke the story, it shocked not only the city of Boston, but the entire nation.   The aftershocks still reverberate, exposing many more priests who have molested children all over the world.

Michael Keaton plays the leader of the Spotlight team.  Deeply rooted in Boston, Keaton knows he has an uphill battle.  Many prominent members of Boston’s elite will try to kill his story; but with a tenacious team of reporters played by Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams, they will finally bring to the spotlight the Catholic church’s crimes of hiring, shielding, and protecting priests who molest/rape children.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Spotlight” is the scene when Stanley Tucci’s character tells Ruffalo that if it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to molest one.  I agree with this statement.  A child who is being molested always gives off signs.   We must always be vigilant of what our children are doing, who they are with, and always ask what is going on with them.  And I believe that society needs to stop teaching our children to always trust certain people such as priests, rabbis, ministers, preachers, imams, policemen, etc.  Blindly trusting someone because of the uniform they wear and the job that they do is the first step to having children be victimized by child molesters.

From beginning to end, “Spotlight” has undertones of dread that brings this movie to the realm of mystery/suspense/thriller.  It is a fast moving story that won’t be forgotten by anyone who sees it.  The excellent writing, direction, acting, editing, and the tremendous, social relevance of the story all contributed to the movie’s well-deserved Best Picture win in the Oscars.

— M