Director Jay Roach’s biographical drama film stars Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, and John Lithgow. It fictionalizes the combined efforts of Fox News anchors Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly to successfully sue Fox News CEO and founder Roger Ailes for sexual harassment in 2016. They resist intimidation and self-censorship to address pervasive sexism in the Fox newsroom.
No Easy Truths: The Making of Bombshell (7-part documentary)
"Bombshell" tells the behind-the-scenes story of the sex scandal that rocked Fox News and toppled the evil empire of Roger Ailles. Starring an A-list cast of actresses, topped by Charlize Theron as Megan Kelly, Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, and Margot Robbie as a wide-eyed, bushy-tailed Fox girl wannabe (Theron and Robbie were nominated for Actress and Supporting Actress Oscars) and an indelibly creepy performance by John Lithgow as Ailles, the film takes no prisoners in recreating the predatory work space of the cable news network and the sex-as-currency ethos of its management. You've probably read about this story. Regardless of your opinions about the "Fair and Balanced" network, you owe it to yourself to see this revenge of the blondes tale told in a way that Ailles would appreciate: heavy on sizzle, light on substance, and with just enough truthiness to get you thinking.
Dynamite actresses at the top of their form. Excellent script. Peels back the layers of deception and personality cult at Fox News. John Lithgow disappears in his fat suit and prosthetics so he is unrecognizable. He embodies nasty. Theron, Kidman and Robbie are perfect in their getting into the spirit of the piece.
The movie is very dramatic -- would be great even if it were fictional. This is based on a true story, of course, and discusses a subject that should have received attention in this country long ago. The more I learn about this movie, the more that I like it. The bonus features are very good. Most impressively to me is that how close to the "true" story this movie was (Hollywood is notorious for corrupting a true story to add drama. You can see for yourself how the "real people" evaluated the movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmSz7HqkI9s
A tour de force, especially if
You appreciates movies for or about women. John Lithgow plays a despicable Roger Aires during his downfall for sexual harassment from a generation of men in power who felt entitled. Charlize Theron, Margot Kidder, Nicole Kidman, and Kate McKinnon each have their moments in the hostile environment that was (or is?) Fox News.
The Bombshell Blu-ray is a well produced disc. It has a great transfer and good extra features as well. The movie itself is well written and directed, but the real standout for me is the acting. The three female leads were all fantastic, as was John Lithgow.