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She Said: A fantastic and heartbreaking film about investigating journalism

Based on the New York Times investigation that led to the MeToo Movement beginning with the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Maria Schrader's biographical drama is an incredible film about investigating journalism that borrows elements from the 2015 best picture-winning film "Spotlight" and the 1976 classic "All the President's Men." The screenplay comes off as realistic, and how these reporters went out to uncover the truth and learn about the stories from each of the victims comes off as heartbreaking and sends the message that workplace harassment is unacceptable and, in the end, crime always pays. Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan are fantastic as reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, respectively. Mulligan and Kazan's chemistry is incredible and feels similar to what Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford brought to Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodard when they took on the watergate scandal in the 1970s. The film also contains a tremendous supporting cast consisting of Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher, Jennifer Ehle, and Samantha Morton. Ashley Judd appears in this movie as a fictional version of herself, which is very important because she was one of the first to speak out about what Weinstein was doing to too many actresses in the industry. Doing this makes the film more potent and authentic. The movie also makes the audience realize that the pain these women suffered can happen in reality and leaves the viewer with the message of "treat others the way you would want to be treated." Thanks to Maria Schrader's incredible direction, powerful themes, and fantastic performances by Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan, "She Said" is a powerful biopic about investigating journalism that is a great companion to 2015's "Spotlight."


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