“Powerful performances throughout…is just beginning” Kathy Kaiser, Matineechat.com
BOMBSHELL – Rated R – 1 hr. 48 mins.
DIRECTOR: Jay Roach
WRITER: Charles Randolph
STARRING: Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman, John Lithgow, Allison Janney, Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton and Malcolm McDowell
Based on the real-life takedown of Media mogul Roger Ailes (John Lithgow), due to his unscrupulous sexual harassment of his female anchors at Fox News, we step into the embattled lives of Fox and Friends Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman), America LIVE host Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron), and new blond bombshell about the newsroom, Kayla Pospisil (Margot Robbie), who are given no other option, but to bring to light the sexual misconduct that they must endure, if they want their careers to reach the “pinnacle of greatness” at Fox News.
I give BOMBSHELL a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN! This film is absolutely incredible in every way, including the “bombshell of a storyline” of what Gretchen Carlson was eventually able to accomplish, once she took on one of the most unscrupulous men in media, Roger Ailes. And as far as performances go this year, you can’t miss Charlize Theron on the big screen, playing Megyn Kelly! She is so incredible throughout, at times it’s as if Megyn Kelly is really on screen, playing Megyn Kelly! She is destined for more Best Actress nods along the way too, beyond her Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Critics Choice nods; as I’m sure she is destined to receive an Oscar nod soon too for this truly outstanding, and untouchable performance! Nicole Kidman is good too, playing the woman who finally decides enough is enough, and starts the process to take down Ailes, with or without any backing from her fellow employees. But for me, the other incredible performance throughout this film comes from Margot Robbie. Her performance as the young, wanna be anchor, making her way up the ranks at FOX, and her encounters with Ailes, is nothing less than sheer perfection too, which is why she has received numerous nods for Best Supporting Actress for her performance this year too! And as much as I love John Lithgow (he still holds a place in my heart from his performance opposite Debra Winger in Terms of Endearment), him paying the disgusting in every way Roger Ailes, is an actual nauseatingly perfect eye opener into the ways that sexual harassment rears its ugly head. Even the casting of Malcolm McDowell as FOX CEO Rupert Murdoch, Allison Janney as Lawyer Susan Estrich, and Kate McKinnon, in one of my favorite roles she has played to date, that of Fox Analyst Jess Carr, are all perfectly played out, adding a lot of depth to this already fabulous film. Suffice to say, there isn’t a flaw anywhere in this film, oh, except for the way Roger Ailes sexually harassed many of his staff throughout his entire tenure at Fox News… so if you are looking for a real no holds barred, perfectly crafted film to catch at a theater near you this weekend, make it BOMBSHELL, if for no other reason, than to catch Theron and Robbie’s incredible performances before the awards start rolling in 😉