Listen, I like Rachel McAdams. I really do, despite the fact that I simply haven't cared about any of her roles over the past, oh, 8 years or so (I haven't watched the current season of True Detective yet). I still want the best for her; I want her to win. But when I saw her in the trailer for SPOTLIGHT, the upcoming journalistic thriller directed by Tom McCarthy (Win Win), I couldn't help but wonder why she was the only woman with a speaking role. Like, seriously? Please tell me there are other women here, and journalists, who have some kind of prominence in this film.
I wouldn't normally bring this up, but a) I am tired of seeing the lone female journalist working in a newsroom full of men and b) I am tired of seeing newsrooms--especially newsrooms in Boston--with not a single diverse face in the office (or anywhere else in the movie). Attribute this hyper awareness to the fact that I am actually from Boston, and have worked as a full-time journalist, but I am just over this whole massively perpetuated Hollywood trope. It's not accurate and it's offensive in this day and age. I just hope McAdams's character doesn't use her sex appeal to outwit her male counterparts, because that will just put me completely over the age.
Anyway, getting back to the presentation of the trailer, I have to admit the cast (barring the severe lack of estrogen) is pretty amazing: Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schrieber, Michael Keaton, and Stanley Tucci. And Goodness knows we need a better newsroom thriller than both Kill the Messenger and True Story (because those two were godawful). Hopefully this will redeem the genre. Here's more:
Starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schrieber, Brian D’Arcy James and Stanley Tucci, SPOTLIGHT tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delve into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Thomas McCarthy, SPOTLIGHT is a tense investigative thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest crime stories in modern times.
Watch the trailer:
What do you think? SPOTLIGHT opens in theaters November 6.