The film earned its Academy awards through its deft retelling of the story of the investigative reporting team that uncovered the systematic cover-up of sexual abuse of children by priests in the archdiocese of Boston. But Spotlight did not tell the whole story.
With the established audience Mark Ruffalo brings with him, Congressional Member Organizations such as the Safe Climate Caucus or even the newly established bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus would jump at the opportunity to welcome him as an ally.
The movie can be gritty and somewhat dark, but in the end it's hopeful. We made a difference. We helped some people abused by priests. Not everyone, but we did help. And that is tremendously gratifying.
During Marvel's announcements about their third phase of films, there was some surprise among fans over the lack of a solo "Incredible Hulk" film. This led some to wonder whether Marvel even had the rights to do a Hulk film.
If you've been following the Oscar prognosticators, you know the big favorites have been Spotlight, The Big Short, The Revenant, and Carol. How pleasing to find some surprises--sort of--on the academy members' lists!
Spotlight is a message movie - not often a promising foundation for either entertainment or art. But Spotlight succeeds where lesser message movies fail because of its unerring sense of direction in illuminating the source of evil in a complex social network.