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Bombshell Blu-ray Review

Bombshell

Strong acting carries “Bombshell.”

Based on true events, “Bombshell” takes place in 2016 when Roger Ailes was still the head of Fox News. The central story here revolves around 3 women (Megyn Kelly, Kayla Pospisil, and Gretchen Carlson) who were victims of sexual harassment and toxic work conditions at Fox News. As we learn, however, these 3 women aren’t the only ones who went through hell at Fox.

It should go without saying that “Bombshell” is the type of movie that is needed in this Me Too and Time’s Up era. It’s a story about brave women who come forward with the truth, but it’s also a story about sexual harassment and toxicity. It’s a shame then that such an important subject isn’t given the treatment it deserves here. “Bombshell” feels like a watered down take on true life events. It’s a surface level story that never digs deep and, for some reason, has a strangely comedic tone at times to (I assume) make it more palatable entertainment. Granted, it’s a slick production that is well paced and contains first rate make-up and hair work, but a subject like this deserves something more than what we got.

On the plus side, Charlize Theron (Megyn Kelly) and Margot Robbie (Kayla) give incredible performances and elevate the film entirely. It’s no surprise that both actresses were nominated for an Academy Award (and deservedly so). Theron perfectly encapsulates Kelly while Margot (playing a person named Kayla who is an amalgam of other women) shows real depth and vulnerability. Elsewhere in the case, Kate McKinnon gives arguably her best performance as a Fox employee and John Lithgow gives a memorable performance as the sleazy and repulsive Roger Ailes. Nicole Kidman (while fine) sadly takes a backseat here as the Gretchen Carlson story feels very underdeveloped.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect a crisp hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? I’m not sure why there isn’t a higher quality audio track. Granted, it doesn’t require a dynamic track and does the job but it’s still odd.

Extras:
* DVD copy
* Digital copy
* “Bombshell” theatrical trailer
* Lionsgate trailers
* “No Easy Truths: The Making Of Bombshell”- A 7 part extra that delves into the cast, how the film came about, the direction, the visual style, make-up, the importance of the story and more.

February 28, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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