Film: Bombshell

Opened: December 13, 2019

Directed by: Jay Roach

Starring: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Rob Delaney, Mark Duplass, Liv Hewson, Allison Janney, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Malcolm McDowell, Kate McKinnon, Katie Aselton, Nazanin Boniadi, Andy Buckley, Michael Buie, P. J. Byrne, D’Arcy Carden, Bree Condon, Kevin Dorff, Alice Eve, Spencer Garrett, Ashley Greene, Tricia Helfer, Marc Evan Jackson, Brian d’Arcy James, Richard Kind, Amy Landecker, Ben Lawson, Josh Lawson, Jennifer Morrison, Mark Moses, Ahna O’Reilly, Tony Plana, Lisa Canning, Elisabeth Röhm, Stephen Root, John Rothman, Brooke Smith, Holland Taylor, Alanna Ubach, Robin Weigert, Madeline Zima, Anne Ramsay, Lennon Parham & Jon Gabrus

Despite great performances and a timely story, Bombshell – a story about the women affected in the Fox News sexual harassment scandal –is somewhat overshadowed by the heavy gaze of its straight, white male director and screenwriter.

After Megyn Kelly (Nicole Kidman) is insulted by Donald Trump, Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) comes out with sexual harassment allegations against their boss and Fox News CEO Roger Ailes (John Lithgow). Newcomer Kayla Pospisil (Margot Robbie) is committed to Fox.

Theron, Kidman and Robbie all give their usual top-notch performances. While Theron and Kidman play real-life figures – whom weren’t consulted during production – Robbie’s Kayla is a composite character.

The film plays up the sensationalist news and due to the lack of women on the production team, you feel like you’re only seeing what the men want you to see.

Final say: Not impactful enough. ★★★☆☆

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