Bombshell, 6.9/10, puts the spotlight on the sickening going ons’ behind closed doors at Fox News Centre. Events occurring before the Weinstein and #MeToo movement, one of the biggest media influences – CEO Roger Ailes – was exposed for his sexual harassment against many women.
When Gretchen Carlson launches a legal investigation into CEO Roger Ailes, countless others come out and join her campaign to take him down and remove the toxic atmosphere that he had wrought on the Fox News Centre.
Opening with a statement outlining that this is a dramatized version of events leaves the viewer constantly wondering where the truth lies from the fiction. A film dealing with such troubling and emotionally jarring themes is difficult to become fully invested in when you don’t know what has been dramatized. I don’t doubt for a second that these accounts of disgusting acts happened, but opening with that takes away some of the necessary emotional weight.
Stylistically this shares a lot of similarities to The Big Short. However something is missing. It seemed like it tried to do too much. From breaking the fourth wall to internal thoughts externalised, it was like the creators were throwing everything at the wall to see what would stick.
On a more positive note, the make up and performances from Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie and John Lithgow were all extraordinary. Overall I would say this is a worthy way to spend your time and money, but the Oscar nominations may set your expectations too high. Not gripping my attention enough for a film tackling such a difficult subject.
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Entertainment (of its genre): 7/10
Overall rating….. 6.9/10
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