Bombshell film review: Charlize Theron plays Fox News’ Megyn Kelly in captivating sexual harassment drama
- Set in the offices of US TV channel Fox News, Bombshell is based on the real-life sexual harassment case that took down the network’s chairman
- Also starring Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and John Lithgow, the film is a timely, absorbing drama that sets you on edge and won’t let go until the end
A pre-MeToo drama of sexual harassment, Bombshell serves as a potent reminder that it’s not just on the casting couch where women have come under threat.
Set between 2015 and 2016 in the offices of US TV channel Fox News, the film follows three women: rising star Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron), veteran anchorwoman Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) and newcomer Kayla Pospisil (Margot Robbie).
With the Trump election campaign bubbling away in the background, the villain of the piece is Roger Ailes (John Lithgow), the aged and overweight Fox News chairman and CEO. The hardbitten Ailes demands his female anchorwomen wear short skirts to increase ratings, though it’s behind closed doors where the real trouble occurs.