I am thankful for “Bombshell” the movie with Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie. It tells the story of the women who file a lawsuit against Roger Ailes, the founder of Fox News. I’ve never seen such an accurate portrayal of the debate around sexual assault. Like, you know you’ve seen a well-written script when you simultaneously love and hate all the characters. I watched an interview after with Megyn Kelly (the one Charlize Theron plays), she disagreed with some parts of the film where the screenwriter took some creative liberties that weren’t accurate at all. She felt that she had been victim-shamed in this particular scene where she was confronted on why she didn’t report Ailes sooner. I don’t know what to think of it yet. My main issue with the film was that Nicole Kidman didn’t get any nominations for her performance. She had such a huge range and I’d go from loving to hating her in a minute. I love Charlize and Margot did a fabulous job so I’m not trying to knock their performances or the nominations they received. However, I never once questioned whether or not Nicole was faking it. I believed every word she spoke. Everything was so precise and the way her character, Gretchen, was written was so dynamic.
I am thankful for Nicole Kidman. Damn. She did a good job.
I am thankful for brave storytellers like this. I love movies that reveal corruption and bring what’s dark into the light. Primary Colors, Vice, On the Basis of Sex, Bombshell. I want to do something like those movies at least once in my life. To perform or produce a play or movie that’s well-written, political and packs a punch.
Megyn Kelly kept saying how she’s not a feminist. I also love that about her. ‘Cause I’m not one either (I just really like being a woman but I HATE bullies, no matter their gender).
I’m thankful for Charles Randolph who wrote it and Jay Roach who directed it. It reminds me that there are men who do care. Some actually do stand up to bullies and know when to take a stand…There’s this part in the movie where Megyn Kelly’s husband loses a tennis match and the guy who won goes up to Megyn and gets in her face about an interview she had with Trump. Kelly’s husband comes up to the guy and tells him that if he ever talks to his wife like that again, he’ll beat him to a bloody pulp.
I don’t know if that happened in real life but I loved it so much.
I am thankful for the wake up call the movie gave me. It’s just so common. Their story is so common. Honestly, this movie is one of the most empowering ones I’ve seen in a long time. ‘Cause you don’t leave feeling like, “Oh poor me.” You leave with your head held high. I don’t think I’ve ever been so proud to be a woman as I was after leaving the Regina Public Library tonight.
It was that good.