I didn’t expect to like this film, and it turns out I don’t.
By humanizing the sneering propagandists of Fox “News,” the film commits sins that far exceed the tepid scandal it presents. Roger Ailes’ penis is small potatoes when compared to the innumerable crimes of the American empire cheered on by Fox mouthpieces every day of the week: wars, bombings, invasions, covert operations, racism, xenophobia, not to mention all the malignant right-wing domestic policies that damage Americans’ lives. Those people champion a plutocratic ideology where the rich should plunder, dominate, and harm the rest of us because they are somehow superior, and this class war insanity is dressed up as a formal ideology, which their viewers have to accept in full like a catechism.
The best possible outcome for Fox is if a sinkhole opened up beneath the building and flushed the entire enterprise straight to Hades, where the lot of them drowned in vomit.
I kind of like the actresses involved though, but perhaps a little less now. Margot Robbie is always stunning. Nicole Kidman is wonderful, and then I completely forgot who the other one was–who played Megyn Kelly. She was so distinct, I thought maybe they found a new actress who looked just like her. It was frustrating, how I almost recognized her for the entire movie, but who was she?
It was Charlize with prosthetics on her face. The make-up was truly amazing. John Lithgow transformed into Roger Ailes pretty convincingly too.
Another thing the film did well was to use a multi-camera documentary style that interested me more than the story. With Angenieux 12-100mm zooms, hunting around the space fluidly, it had its own distinct style. The cinematography was vibrant and dynamic, making the tired office space setting seem much more tense and mysterious.
Now back to the dark side: Margot’s character is not a real person, and the person she is does not hold up. She’s so inconsistent, jumping by leaps and bounds from scene to scene as if the previous scene never happened. This inconsistency, and the other fictitious character paired with her, kind of ruin the film.
I think the screenwriting in Bombshell is blinkered by this Hollywood worldview where everyone is either a Trump supporter or a Clinton supporter. Forty percent, the rest of us, are not represented at all. They have this neoliberal sensibility over in L.A. that is divorced from the real world. I could say more, but I’m not really recommending this film at all, so whatever.