Film Review & Trailer: Bombshell

Review by Frances Winston

Directed by: Jay Roach – Starring: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Malcolm McDowell, Allison Janney

Harvey Weinstein may be dominating the #MeToo headlines at the moment, but he is not the only predatory male (sorry alleged predatory male – for legal reasons I think we have to say that since his trial is still ongoing) in the entertainment industry, who was lascivious towards women.

And before Weinstein was publicly outed, former Fox News CEO, Roger Ailes, found himself the subject of numerous sexual harassment claims, which led to his resignation. This movie tells the story of the women who set out to expose him. So as you may have guessed by now, this is yet another fact-based drama.

Kidman plays former Miss America, Gretchen Carlsen, who was one of the first women to publicly take a lawsuit against Ailes, and the Fox Network. As her case gathers momentum, others start to reassess their relationships with Ailes, and one of the networks top anchors, Megyn Kelly, starts to delve deeper into the allegations. Meanwhile, aspiring presenter, Kayla Pospisil (a fictional character played by Robbie) finds herself the object of Ailes advances, as she attempts to get a leg up in her career.

Bombshell boasts a fantastic cast, and there are some fabulous performances. Lithgow is extremely disturbing as Ailes, and it’s almost hard to believe that he is so loveable in other roles. Kidman, Theron, and Robbie, are all fabulous, and more than do justice to the women they are portraying and representing. Unfortunately, it all feels a bit superficial. Ailes is now deceased, so there is no danger of libelling him, but despite this, it feels like they have gone somewhat gently on him.

Even if you weren’t familiar with this particular story, it is impossible that you are not familiar with the #MeToo movement, so many of the scenes here will resonate with people as, unfortunately, all the tales are far too similar. And in light of some of the things that have been reported, it feels like they have barely scratched the surface. That said, this is also a complex subject-matter that is difficult to compress into a mere 108 minutes.

Bombshell is often uncomfortable to watch. You will squirm and cringe and gasp. Yet unfortunately, you won’t be shocked by what you see. It’s an intense and engaging watch, and while it could go deeper, it is still the kind of story that needs to be told.

A solid drama that has deservingly received a few award-nods, Bombshell definitely merits the price of your cinema admission.

In Cinemas Now! Trailer below:

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