Review: Bombshell

24 Jan 20

An uncomfortable painting completed with sensitive strokes

In view of Bombshell's exploration of sexual harassment and assault, my review's title seems like a double-entrende and therefore, awkwardly fitting.

Bombshell is a riveting and surpsingly even-handed film, even as it draws back the covers on lecherous tendencies amongst FOX magnates to trammel women's careers with sexual harrassment and assault.

Bombshell resists the temptation to flatten characters into dull fascimilies of 'victim' and 'predator', and the sensitive strokes it takes in fleshing out the women and main antagonist pays off.

You feel conflicted and uncomfortable as Roger Ailes makes his private, humiliating propositions, because his public-facing benefactor-of-the-everyman image persists, with women and men alike praising his advocacy.

The acting was superb and nuanced, and I appreciated the depth and space characters were given to take up. In doing so, the pervasive, protected nature of these secret indignities and assault is all the more unsettling and depressing.

Bombshell managed to world-build so that the women's tenacity and resolve–even with threat of losing face, career and future–had you rooting for the truth to come out.