Zoe Kazan and an Oscar-tipped Carey Mulligan make a terrific tag team as the New York Times reporters who brought down disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein in this riveting reenactment.
And although it’s one of those ‘hooray for journalists!’ affairs so beloved by liberal Oscars voters, it commendably avoids soap-boxing.
Instead writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz focuses on the procedural, including the relentless job/home juggling involved in being a working parent.
A-list victims of Weinstein’s serial sex abuse, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, are
mentioned, but don’t appear. However, Samantha Morton and Jennifer Ehle (not playing themselves) give piercingly powerful turns that feel ripped from the heart.
Yes, we all know how it will end but director Maria Schrader deftly builds
the #MeToo tension until you’re pinned to your seat – no mean feat when the ‘action’ largely consists of people talking on phones or tapping at screens.
Out Friday in cinemas