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I expected this movie to be an expose on Roger Ailes, and it was to a degree. But the movie went on to make all of the men at Fox News look completely exploitive of women, and/or mindless minions of the organization. It portrayed Megan Kelly as the only smart, legitimate journalist at Fox. One who everyone held in high esteem, with her entourage following her through the halls of Fox. And all the men lusting over her. And I mean ALL of the men. The movie also implied that avid viewers of Fox are witless followers of the "cult" that Ailes created, and conservatives are gullible and feebleminded. I was personally offended, and shut it off after about 30 minutes.
Reviewed in the United States on February 29, 2020
Found the movie captivating, and no one else is telling this story. I'm a conservative and a female and thinks this story needs to be told. This is not an anti-conservatives movie. It's an anti-sleaze bag movie.
Reviewed in the United States on December 23, 2019
Theater review. Possible spoilers. Director Jay Roach might not seem like the director for an expose like this given his resume (Austin Powers movies, Meet the Fockers, Dinner for Schmucks) but he pulls it off. Some of the credit would seem to go to writer Charles Randolph who was responsible for “The Big Short.” This film has much of that style. That is narration, superimposed facts, etc.
The film is focused on Roger Ailes (excellent John Lithgow in a fat suit and heavy facial makeup) who single handedly put Fox News on the television map. His marketing acumen may have been successful but he also left a bevy of female staffers humiliated at best and sexually assaulted at worst. There are 3 women at the center of the story. Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) is the first to bring Ailes’ misdeeds to light. She had gone from a rising star on the Fox morning show to a less visable host in a late afternoon time slot. Why? She had shunned Ailes’ sexual advances. She leaves the network fairly early in the movie and sues Ailes personally. In an award-worthy performance, Charlize Theron plays Megyn Kelly who remains at the network but is under scrutiny because of the 2016 presidential debate where she asks candidate Donald Trump about his treatment of women in the past. Ailes and indeed Fox were backers of Trump and were stunned by the question. Kelly suffered the consequences for a long time and later acknowledged Alies had come on to her earlier in her career. The third woman is Kayla Pospisil (Margo Robbie). Kayla is an amalgam of actual women at Fox over the years. She’s highly supportive of the network and Ailes from the beginning. She is also hungry for advancement and manages to get Ailes’ attention. In a scene that had most of the audience squirming in their seats, Ailes auditions Kayla by modeling in front of him. He urges her to keep hiking up her skirt in order to see her legs – “It’s a visual medium he suggests.”
All the women are great. Theron in particular captures not only the look of Kelly but the slightly arrogant and aloof physical persona. It’s an amazing transformation. If “Bombshell” can be criticized it would be because the film doesn’t go very deep into the workings of Fox. We get a surface view as the attention is on Ailes, less so on the network or his boss, Rupert Murdoch (Malcolm McDowell).
In small but interesting roles, Kate McKinnon shows up as a closeted lesbian producer and confidant of Kayla’s. Connie Britton plays Ailes wife Beth, a supporter of her husband until a startling scene in the final act. Mark Duplass plays Kelly’s husband Doug Brunt and Allison Janney is Susan Estrich, Ailes lawyer. In spite of the content, this is a fast moving, highly entertaining and important film. Highly recommended.
This movie was ok, but definitely not too interesting, in fact quite boring. This seemed more like a movie to get at Trump and conservatives than a movie about sexual harassment. The part about the FOX desk worker who is "secretly" a "lesbian" was just to much to swallow, and with lots of virtue signalling throughout.
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2020
I loved Nicole, Charlize and maggots performance, all did spectacular work. the makeup deptmt earned every bit of the golden Oscar, Charlize was turned into Megan Kelly's doppleganger. and to see Margot Robbie vulnerable was truly heart breaking, def a tear jerking scene or two came from her performance. all the women killed it, nailed it... cant forget the amazing job that roger ailes put in, perfection. A+ work in entertainment.
I'm glad that the subject of sexual harassment is being put out there in all its complexity. I don't think they really needed to throw in the lesbian stuff. If they felt it was necessary why didn't they do a better job of it? Seriously, a closet lesbian at Fox News ends up in bed with an ambitious, devout conservative? Anyone that can't see through that unbelievable scenario is more than willing to believe that all sexually harassed women are mentally ill. That is all that scenario created for the Me Too movement.
Eventhough I am a Canadian I watched the the 2016 US election fully while watching Faux News. This movie, Bombshell, accurately showed what the women looked like and how they behaved as well as some of the CRAP they had to put up with to work for Faux News. This movie is very relevant because it shows what is rarely discussed in polite society, namely sexual abuse by bosses. The reason it is rarely discussed is because the media is owned or controlled by men who are the ones who are doing the abusing. Does anyone believe that Murdock, who owns Faux didn't know what Ailes was doing ? REALLY? Murdock didn't get to be as rich as he is by NOT knowing everything about his top employees ! What was really unusual and what got CEO Roger Ailes ( the most powerful man in television) canned was that his accuser Gretchen Carlson taped her encounters with Ailes. Carlson was a graduate Cuma Sum Laud from Stanford and was an ex Miss America. Gretchen got a $20 MILLION dollar settlement ! Charlize Theron was amazing as Megyn Kelly. I thought her portrayal of Kelly showed her up for what she is, a money grubbing,ladder climbing,out for all she could get parasite. Nicole Kidman played the part of Grtechen with the subtlety that was needed. Lithgow's performace as Ailes knocked it out of the park. After Ailes got canned, O'Reilly, a top dog at Faux, also got thrown out for sexual harassment and paid out $25 MILLION to his accuser. It is nice that at least once in a while the good do win.
Bonjour, comme vous devez le savoir, j'ai reçu ce dvd la semaine dernière, donc avec énormément de retard. Il est arrivé des USA. En fait, il y a 2 dvd dans l'emballage, un dvd normal et un blu-ray. LES DEUX NE FONCTIONNENT PAS, il est mentionné sur mon écran que dans ma région (Espagne), ce dvd ne fonctionne pas. Pouvez-vous m'en envoyer un autre ? Ou quelle solution proposez-vous ? Merci et bonnes salutations Denis Nussbaum