Film Review: She Said – Assignment X

By ABBIE BERNSTEIN / General Writer

Posted: Nov 18, 2022 / 01:47 AM

SHE SAID movie poster | © 2022 Universal Pictures

evaluation: R
stars: Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kazan, Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher, Jennifer Ehle, Angela Yeoh, Zack Grenier, Samantha Morton, Ashley Judd, Mike Huston, Tom Pelfrey, Adam Lieber
clerk: Rebecca Lenkiewicz, based on a New York Times investigation by Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, and Rebecca Corbett, and the book She said By Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohy
Director: Maria Schrader
distributor: Universal Pictures
Release date: November 18, 2022

She said It takes its title from the phrase “He said, she said,” which is, sadly, how rape cases are sometimes viewed. But “it” in this case is Harvey Weinstein, a sexual predator who so many women have spoken out against that what she “said” was taken seriously.

Right now, there can’t be too many movie watchers who don’t know a) who Weinstein is, b) what he’s done, and c) that he’s now in prison. She said It is a dramatized account of the press reports that helped put Weinstein in prison.

In 2017, Vet The New York Times Journalist Megan Twohy (Carey Mulligan) and her cousin times Newcomer Jodi Kantor (Zoe Kazan) has joined forces to look into allegations that Weinstein was sexually inappropriate with certain women, both performers and staff, who worked at his studio, Miramax.

She said Directed by Maria Schrader and written by Rebecca Linkowitz, based on both Kantor & Twohey & The New York Times Editor Rebecca Corbett and writers She saidWritten by Kantor & Twohey. It’s a powerful, respectable, and respected film about a journalist investigation that helped spark a legal case that led to the conviction.

Given that the conclusion is known, She said She does her best to provide us with human details, with Tohey suffering from postpartum depression after the birth of her first child, and Kantor already juggling marriage and two children in an observant Jewish home.

Cantor and Toohey dealt with many setbacks and frustrations as they tried to get women to sign up. People don’t want to speak out, either because they fear Weinstein will ruin their jobs, because they don’t want family members to know what happened, because they signed non-disclosure agreements, or a combination of all of the above.

She said It is at something of a disadvantage when compared to some other fictions of real-life crusade journalism. All the chief’s men And the the post The journalists and their sources were in danger of federal prosecution, or worse. SpotlightAlthough it lacks this threat, it at least has a direct link between the crimes being investigated (widespread coverage of pedophilia by Catholic priests) and others around the world, which gives it global weight.

While the Weinstein case helped launch the #MeToo movement and led to Hollywood theoretically treating the issue of sexual predation with more gravitas, we don’t feel the bigger stakes here. It might seem awkward if Twohey and Kantor in the movie were speculating about where their reporting might lead, so it’s good that they don’t.

However, without that, it comes down to the immediacy of having a story about Weinstein. We reflexively loathe him, but when we meet him in the movie (Mike Huston supplies and plays his voice as seen from behind), he seems almost ridiculous in his rant. Weinstein at the time could screw up an artist or talent in the film industry, but there’s only so much he can do The New York Times. The newspaper’s executive editor, Dean Paquet (Andre Braugher), explains that he feels more anger than fear at the man.

Thus, we sympathize with the people Weinstein fell victim to, but the biggest danger appears to be the reporters’ mental health, which isn’t really in question. There is also a mention (calling it a subplot that would give it a lot of heft) of wanting to publish the article before times He gets a similar piece that Ronan Farrow is working on The New Yorker. We know it’s a big deal for Kantor, Twohey, and others, but from an outsider’s perspective, an article from another source can only help. Times’credibility.

Mulligan and Kazan are completely credible as reporters. Braugher and Patricia Clarkson as their editors exude a people’s confidence in being in control of their surroundings. Jennifer Elle and Samantha Morton give convincing performances as two of the many women who eventually talk to Toohey and Kantor, and Ashley Judd appears as herself.

She said Interesting and moves at an acceptable pace. It seems like there might have been a way to tell this story that made us feel more important than the postscript we get at the end.

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