Monday, December 30, 2019

Bombshell, 2019 - ★★★½

Charlize Theron totally nails her portrayal of Megyn Kelly in this semi-true story of the fall of Roger Ailes at Fox News. Whomever was in charge of the prosthetics/makeup on this film should win an Oscar for morphing Charlize into a spitting image of Kelly. Theron added in the proper voice affect to finish the stunning transformation.

The film itself is an insider look at the outbreak of the me too movement in media. Director Jay Roach makes sure to look at all sides of this issue in laying out the facts and opinions on both sides of the political aisle. Nicole Kidman is effective as whistle-blower Gretchen Carlson and Margot Robbie SHINES as fictional up-and-coming reporter Kayla Pospisil. Robbie in particular conveys both youthful exuberance and first-hand fright and trauma based on what she experiences in her interactions with Ailes (John Lithgow in a brilliant performance).

While Theron and Robbie are the highlights here, the story and plot are a bit too inside-politics for my taste. Supporting turns by Mark Duplass and Kate McKinnon help move the pacing along but I found myself overwhelmed by intricacies of politics that just don't interest me personally. Still this is a very good female-driven vehicle that does a solid job of lifting the curtain on the seedy underbelly of American journalism.

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