Rated 14 Accompaniment (Coarse Language, Sexual Content) ~ Runs 109 minutes
Dir.: Jay Roach, US, 2019
Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman
3 Academy Award nominations including Best Actress & Best Supporting Actress, winner for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling.
“Evening news anchor Gretchen Carlson’s 2016 sexual harassment suit against all-powerful Fox News supremo Roger Ailes explodes like a megaton bomb in Bombshell, Jay Roach’s juicy, angry, and darkly comic take on the real-life battle between Fox’s screen queens and the king of cable news. The first big #MeToo movie, it tracks the struggle to end Ailes’s 20-year reign as a sexual predator, routinely demanding female ‘loyalty’ in return for on-screen advancement. Demoted to the afternoon show, Nicole Kidman’s sweetly steely Carlson, raging after a career deflecting Ailes’s slimy advances, is ready to start a war no-one thinks she can win. Further down the food chain, ambitious researcher Kayla Pospisil (Margot Robbie) is horrified that Ailes wants to eyeball more than her CV. Bombshell conveys expertly how emotionally and professionally terrifying whistleblowing is, as Fox’s famous queen bee Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) starts investigating a stream of passed-over and traumatized Fox women whose harassment complaints were career suicide. What keeps the drama taut are the excellent central performances by Theron, Kidman and Robbie (sure to shake up the Oscar race), not to mention John Lithgow as the cruelly predatory Ailes.” - Kate Staples, Total Film