Spotlight

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After watching the film “Spotlight”, I have been asked to answer some questions regarding it and express my personal opinion.

3. Describe an aspect of the film that showed you something you hadn’t seen before, caused you to think in a new way, or helped you understand something more thoroughly than before. 

This film is not like anything I have seen before, meaning mostly the topic. Due to this, it has definitely shown me something new and caused me to think that anyone is capable of doing anything. It doesn’t matter where someone is from, what they do or who they are seen as in society. In the film, we get to hear stories about more than 90 priests molesting children; this is quite traumatizing since we usually see priests and people who take a great part in the church as holy and our role-models.

6. In the story told by the film, what is the main conflict and how is it resolved?

“Spotlight”, a film released in 2015,  follows a Spotlight team belonging to The Boston Globe which is the oldest continuously operating newspaper investigative journalist unit in the United States. The Spotlight team digs into the case of John Geoghan – a priest who allegedly molested more than 80 children, only to find out that this case is much bigger than they had expected. After digging a little deeper, they realize that it is not just Geoghan who is a part of this, but more than 90 other priests were also involved in sexually abusing countless boys. The goal of the whole story is to bring justice and expose the Catholic Church of covering up decades of abuse, but it also focuses on competition. The Globe had to make sure that the other major local newspapers such as The Boston Herald did not beat them in any way, which gives us an insight into the life of journalism.

My opinion?

I think the movie was very interesting to watch and full of action. I learned a lot about what it is like to be a journalist, how exhausting it can be but also how much you can help people just by writing. The whole plot was very well thought out and the actors executed everything very well. I would recommend this film to anyone as it is quite touching, and you can learn a lot about both people and the journalistic life just in the 2 hours it lasts.

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