Definition of Spotlight : A lamp projecting a narrow intense beam of light onto a place or person especially a performer on stage.
Spotlight is the perfect title for this historical drama about a group of journalist from the Boston Globe as they uncovered the clergy sex scandal. This group had the freedom of choosing their expose topic , researching it, and then writing pretty much on their own timeline. This topic was a startling and brave one as this was the beginning of the world wide discovery of clergy misconduct with children. Boston was a Catholic City and most of the journalists were either Catholic or recovering Catholics.
The film has the feel of a documentary or even a play as the audience is ever present throughout the film. It is as All the President’s Men , a film of digging for the truth, and old fashioned journalist of interviews, walking the streets, and knocking on doors.
Since I really enjoy getting to know characters, I would have liked to have liked more information about the characters and their histories, especially faith and family, but this is a film completely dedicated to focus on the systemic cover-up of pedophilia, and very well done.
The overarching theme, it seemed to me, was that we are complicit in evil if we know, yet remain silent. It is thought provoking.