Bombshell vs Richard Jewell

Bombshell vs Richard Jewell:

2 Movies, 2 Famed Directors, 2 Real Life Premises…. And the Oscar Season on it’s Way…

So, which one scores?(Or underscores?)

Let’s Find Out…

Bombshell vs Richard Jewell

Bombshell is a 2019 American biographical drama film directed by Jay Roach and written by Charles Randolph.

The film stars Charlize TheronNicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie, and is based upon the accounts of several women at Fox News who set out to expose CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment.

Actors John LithgowKate McKinnonConnie BrittonMalcolm McDowell, and Allison Janney appear in supporting roles.

Bombshell arrives a month late in Indian Theaters

So, what doesn’t work?

  • Despite the disclaimer for dramatization, the narrative remains sensationalist
  • Also, certain inaccuracies do not help the cause
  • The flow of story telling fails to go beyond the surface
  • Thus, the impact of the subject fails to complement the performances

Now, what actually works?

  • The structure given to the narrative is crisp and remains on-point
  • Breaking the fourth wall does wonders as it enhances the stellar acts from the actors
  • The non linear narrative helps the story to steam roll from one event to another
  • Certain scenes are crafted meticulously to put us amidst the action
  • Roach directs with a tone that stops from being preachy, judgemental or condescending
  • He manages to just about keep it right, light and tight
  • The back ground score(Theodore Shapiro) is apt and captures certain plot points effectively
  • It ensures that pivotal moments in the screen play are amplified because of the score
  • The Costume Design(Colleen Atwood) is marvellous and puts you in the world of News Reporting
  • A sequence featuring Margot Robbie and John Lithgow is the highlight of this movie
  • It makes you shudder with fear, trepidation and disgust at the proceedings on screen

The Performances?

  • It’s hard to nitpick any one actor out here
  • All of them working to Roach’s vision are eclectic in their roles
  • Kidman, Theron and Robbie shine in their respective acts with the required amount of vulnerability, grit and the struggle of doing what’s right
  • The supporting cast as well spear headed by Lithgow is in fine form and are characters that you see; and not actors

The Verdict?

Bombshell definitely makes for a viewing as a gut wrenching, no holds barred piece of cinema that puts forth one of the key MeToo moments on the big screen

Bombshell vs Richard Jewell

Richard Jewell is a 2019 American biographical drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, and written by Billy Ray.

It is based on the 1997 Vanity Fair article “American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell” by Marie Brenner, and the 2019 book The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, the FBI, the Media, and Richard Jewell, the Man Caught in the Middle by Kent Alexander and Kevin Salwen.

The film depicts the July 27 Centennial Olympic Park bombing and its aftermath during the 1996 Summer Olympics in AtlantaGeorgia, in which security guard Richard Jewell found a bomb and alerted authorities to evacuate, only to later be wrongly accused of having placed it himself.

The film stars Paul Walter Hauser as Jewell, alongside Sam RockwellKathy BatesJon Hamm, and Olivia Wilde.

This one also arrives a month late in Indian Theaters along with Bombshell

So, what doesn’t work?

  • The only thing that fails is the depiction of Kathy Scruggs(Olivia Wilde)
  • The portrayal of a reporter who would use sex as a means seems a bit sexist
  • This kind of cinematic trope in today’s times and age is banal and mundane
  • Some thought should have been given on the scripting table
  • The writing of this character does tend to undermine Wilde’s performance

Now, what works?

  • The entire narrative is pretty uplifting and inspiring
  • It is razor sharp and crisp under Eastwood’s watchful eye
  • His mastery on creating drama out of life is truly visceral
  • The narrative keeps running with out slowing down proceedings
  • The Cinematography(Yves Belanger) is robust and also captures the drama effectively
  • The Production Design(Kevin Ishioka) and Art Direction(Chris Crane & Priscilla Elliott) creates the world and the ambience of 1996 and the Olympics seamlessly

The Performances?

  • As is the wont with an Eastwood movie, it is nearly impossible to find a flaw in any of the performances
  • Rockwell, Bates, Hamm and Wilde portray their characters with effortlessly
  • The person leading the pack? Paul Walter Hauser
  • He essays a performance bordering between sublime and volatile
  • Hauser is able to internalise the angst and struggle of Jewell in an elegant manner
  • He makes you root for Jewell without trying too hard

The Verdict?

Richard Jewell turns out to be a Jewel from Eastwood in the last decade

It can rightly be termed as the Best Movie made by Eastwood after Gran Torino

So, who wins?

Bombshell vs Richard Jewell ?

In a nutshell, there cannot be a winner

I implore all of you to please witness both these movies in a Theater

The Performances, The Skill of Film Making on Display and The Message behind these two deserve a Big Screen Viewing

I guess, the Oscar Season just kicked off in our Theaters


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