The newest unlimited member screening from Cineworld was Bombshell. Bombshell is based on the real life scandal; which shook the USA and paved the way for many more to come after it, which saw the Fox News mogul Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) accused of sexual harassment in a law suit by ex-employee Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman). Although now this seems super run of the mill because our news feeds are full of similar stories in 2016 this was still a big shock.
The film focuses on Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) who is one of the networks most popular anchors. It starts with a background story of Kelly taking on Trump during the presidential primary and how the backlash effected her personal life. Then in turn how that experience impact on her dilemma of whether to share her own experiences with Ailes.
Alongside the stories of Kelly & Carlson and their experiences with Ailes which have gone on for a number of years, is the story of newcomer Kayla Pospisil (Margot Robbie). I’ve read that the character of Pospisil is not based on a true account, rather an accumulation of accounts. Her role in the film offers a narrative of the pretty young woman wanting to get ahead in her career. There is one scene that has been created so perfectly I was uncomfortable watching it, and that is when Ailes asks Pospisil to lift her skirt to show him her legs. Although the story is clearly hard hitting and dramatic, I believe the addition of this character as somebody who is going through what they experienced a number of years ago modernises the story and restricts any empathy the viewer may have for it being ‘historic’.
I genuinely enjoyed the film and found it really insightful because I don’t think I’d really heard about the particular case. I also didn’t realise Rupert Murdoch was still a successful CEO etc. but nevermind! I’d definitely recommend the film to go and see as it’s thought provoking. Be prepared for how annoying Charlize Theron’s voice is though and accept that the random talking into the camera doesn’t occur very frequently.
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