Opened: November 18, 2022
Directed by: Maria Schrader
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kazan, Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Morton, Ashley Judd, Adam Shapiro, Peter Friedman, Zach Grenier, Tom Pelphrey, Sean Cullen, Angela Yeoh, Anastasia Barzee, Keilly McQuail, Mike Houston, James Austin Johnson, Sarah Ann Masse & Gwyneth Paltrow
Hollywood collapsed after The New York Times published a story about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct allegations. Now just three years after the book this film was based on was released, the big story has come to Hollywood itself.
After receiving a tip that actress Rose McGowan (voiced by Keilly McQuail) was sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein (Mike Houston), investigative journalist Jodi Kantor (Zoe Kazan) begins working on a piece with fellow reporter Megan Twohey (Carey Mulligan) and receives help from victims including actress Ashley Judd (playing herself).
While the screenplay and acting in the film are phenomenal with both Kazan and Mulligan taking on heavy roles, there’s slow pacing that similar films like 2015’s Spotlight didn’t have. Director Maria Schrader also misses the mark in several shots that don’t frame the actors correctly.
Final say: An important story. ★★★★☆