Disclaimer: I'm Catholic.
I barely won my Oscar pool no thanks to this film. I was sure the Academy would have picked Revenant, but I'm really glad they got it right and picked this instead. It's a far superior picture and if Mad Max isn't going to win, I prefer it losing to this.
There is some great acting in this movie, especially from the supporting cast. Ruffalo is great but I'm loving Stanley Tucci and Brian d'Arcy James in this. I don't really know why McAdams got nominated and I'm not feeling Keaton's performance in some places. But overall it's just clicking along really well and every scene is fantastic. The only casting choice that's hard to swallow is the choice of McAdam's husband. That's the new standard for "marrying-up."
This film should makes a strong case against the 24-hour news cycle without even trying to do so. Does investigative journalism even exist anymore? Honestly, is John Oliver's Last Week Tonight the closest thing we have now? And it's not even making a dent. We're just overwhelmed with news media that isn't saying anything anymore. I think the last non-puff piece I've seen was when Time magazine did that expose on health care costs. That was as close to the level portrayed in this film that I've seen in recent history.
Loved this movie.
Heart rating: 5 stars
Brain rating: 4.5 stars