She Said (2022)

There is nothing very cinematic about this standard-fare investigative journalism piece, but it tackles the exposé of Harvey Weinstein and the topic of sexual assault effectively and without fuss. 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Review #2,525

Dir. Maria Schrader
2022 | USA | Drama | 129 mins | 1.85:1 | English
NC16 (passed clean) for language and descriptions of sexual assault

Cast: Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kazan, Patricia Clarkson
Plot: New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor break one of the most important stories in a generation – a story that helped ignite a movement and shattered decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood.
Distributor: United International Pictures

Accessibility Index
Subject Matter: Moderate – Sexual Assault; #MeToo; Harvey Weinstein
Narrative Style: Straightforward
Pace: Normal
Audience Type: Slightly Mainstream

Viewed: In Theatres – The Projector
Spoilers: No

If the name Harvey Weinstein somehow doesn’t ring a bell, you would have at least been familiar with the ‘Me Too’ movement that had been sparked by numerous brave women around the world, particularly in the West, who finally spoke out about sexual assault at the workplace by men who wielded too much power and control. 

The famous-turned-infamous Hollywood producer became the ugly poster boy of an even uglier systemic disease—in fact, Weinstein is front and center of this dramatisation of one of the most significant exposés of the 2010s decade. 

Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan play Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor respectively, the two industrious New York Times reporters who broke the story that caused a seismic shift in our thinking. 

“We’re all here, Harvey.”

While Mulligan is excellent, Kazan, who first caught my eye in 2012’s Ruby Sparks, is even better.  Together, they become the heartbeat of the film.  And this ‘heartbeat’ is all the more crucial because She Said is rather standard-fare in its approach towards investigative journalism. 

There is nothing very cinematic about the film, and because it is also a talky one, it relies heavily on point-to-point plotting and delivery of dialogue to work—without Mulligan and Kazan, as well as the tip-top supporting cast, She Said could have fallen flat. 

Having said that, the film is workmanlike and tackles the ghastly topic without fuss, and perhaps more importantly, with the requisite sensitivity. 

She Said did very poorly at the US box-office, which is disheartening.  Whether it will garner any awards attention during the Oscar season remains to be said—I would imagine it is still a difficult subject to confront at any level, let alone the folks who make up Hollywood. 

Grade: B+



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