So I’ve worked in investigate journalism for just over a couple years now, and it’s kind of incredible how much this movie is interested in the act of reporting. It’s difficult, sure, but more than anything sourcing and public records dives are intensely mundane. Spotlight doesn’t over dramatize that work—in fact, it barely dramatizes anything at all. 

This is a movie with less of a plot and more a series of things happening. The cast is stacked but no one really plays a character with any kind of arc. And still, Spotlight is so gripping, even with all its restraint. There is barely a traditional conflict in this movie. It’s just a process story, from A directly to B with no swerves or attempts at giving the narrative a shape.

God, it’s so fucking impressive!