Bombshell, directed by Jay Roach, known for his political films like ‘All the Way’, ‘Trumbo’ and many more, was released in the year 2019. The film is written by Charles Randolph, well known for writing ‘The Big Short’. The film’s leading ladies Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie form a power packed lead cast. The film is based on the famous Fox News sexual harassment controversy.
To summarize the film, female employees at the Fox News facing different issues stand for themselves in a patriarchal and toxic environment around them. It involves Megyn Kelly, played by Charlize Theron taking on Donald Trump, Gretchen Carlson, played by Nicole Kidman taking on the Fox News head Roger Ailes and Kayla Pospisil an ambitious employee trapped in the toxicity of the surrounding environment. This film is an account of how women stood against sexual harassment at the workplace.
Sexual harassment with women at the workplace by their male counterparts is a global issue, which is also the central theme of the movie. Other themes which can be seen in the film are, opposite political ideologies and media spreading propaganda and being biased. The movie is not content heavy, and unnecessary content isn’t thrown towards the audience. It is an easy and smooth film from audience’s point-of-view. The character of Jess Carr (my favorite from the film) played by Kate McKinnon is a totally opposite of the world she is stuck in, and this character is placed as Kayla’s best friend and is used to drive the film with some sub-themes. Firing off Rudi Bakhtiar, played by Nozanin Boniadi was shown well in film. The lead characters are layered well, but multi-layering is missing in some of the side characters. Now, even if the layering of a character is missed in the process of writing, the actor can provide layers to it, but that depth of acting is missing in many of the actors in the film. Three and a half minutes into the movie and there is a fourth wall breaking, to introduce us to the world of this movie. This might interest some of the viewers, but could have been avoided. There can be creative ways to avoid it, which surely adds to the minutes of the film but are good from the point of view of the craft. Siting the example from a classic film ‘The Godfather’ where Coppola uses the craft of blocking in the first scene followed by a conversation between Michael and Kate to introduce us to the world of the film. According to the film the harassment has a hierarchy (not said directly but interpreted by me), and harassment of women among the colleagues is not show as such.
There were things that could be added to the film and to the minutes of the film, but I think some pieces of the craft were ignored and the movie was released on December 13, 2019 to run the race for the Oscars. Margot Robbie playing Kayla Pospisil got some good bold scenes to showcase her acting talent, and hence was nominated for the Oscars in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. Also, Charlize Theron was nominated for Oscars in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, and the film won the Oscars for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling.
The movie is good to give it a watch, and for those who don’t know about the controversy and firing of Roger Ailes, this is totally fresh content. If you are a working woman, this movie will make you re-think about your working environment, and re-thinking upon this is important as some women don’t come to know that they are being harassed. A thought to end this review, in Hollywood the films showcase the real names, use real clips, even if the person in power or a politician is not shown on the right side, on the other hand, in the Hindi-cinema, films like Black Friday, Madras Café and many more don’t get the permission to do so.