With three Oscar-nominated and -winning actress as leads, Bombshell is an unmissable trailblazer story that strikes a chord with anyone who’s been affected by or wishes to learn more about the iconic #MeToo movement. Directed by Jay Roach and written by Charles Randolph, the film stars Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, Margot Robbie as Kayla Pospisil, and Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly.
The film is based on the real-life story of how Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox News anchor, filed sexual harassment charges against now-resigned and deceased former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, after being sacked by the network upon reportedly rejecting his sexual advances.
Since the #MeToo movement has taken the world by storm, countless documentaries about the movement, such as disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s victim's accounts, have been made. Whilst those are all emotionally-charged, moving and thought-provoking, the gut-wrenching and Oscar-deserving performances by the three leads really help audiences further understand the amount of courage it takes for one to step forward and take down a media mogul.
Whether it’s through prosthetics or just good old-fashioned makeup, South African star Charlize Theron’s portrayal of Megyn Kelly is simply out of this world - from her looks and mannerisms, as well as the most subtle of nuances, she was, at least for the duration of the film, Megyn Kelly.
Whilst Nicole Kidman’s wooden features were hard to watch, her performance was nothing short of spectacular. The internal struggles of her character were written all over her face, a feat that few actors can manage to achieve.
The same goes for co-star Margot Robbie, who really showed us the shame victims carry after being harassed, and the dilemma they’re in - what if it’s impossible to take on an executive that’s the most powerful person she knows? Is there a real chance at victory if she’s doomed to be sacked after the fact?
Put simply, the film is a must-watch for anyone who wants to educate themselves on predatory behaviour and why it’s so hard for victims to come forward.
(Rated IIB, Contains strong language)