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She Said Blu-ray Review

“She Said” is an important biodrama. 

Based on a true story (and the novel of the same name), “She Said” revolves around New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey and their investigation into the sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual misconduct and sexual harassment cases against movie producer Harvey Weinstein. The 2017 set film covers the reporters’ journey in balancing a home life and a tireless work life in building a story, fact checking, and exposing the traumatic truth about Hollywood stars and Weinstein co-workers that were preyed upon by the detestable Harvey Weinstein (along with the numerous secret settlement payouts that were made).

Despite the fall of the newspaper industry in the internet age, director Maria Schrader and writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s well paced “She Said” shows just how much journalism can still make a difference. While the film itself owes a lot to investigative journalist films such as “Spotlight” and “All The President’s Men” both in terms of structure and style, the content of ‘Said’ is a relevant, unsettling but ultimately powerful story of truth, accountability and bravery (in terms of the women who came forward and risked their careers and inspired others to come forth and tell their stories). The movie is made even more moving and compelling with Ashley Judd (who was a victim of Weinstein) playing herself.

While “She Said” boasts a stellar supporting cast with the aforementioned Ashley Judd, Patricia Clarkson, Samantha Morton, Andre Braugher, among others, this is very much Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan’s movie. Mulligan continues to be one of the best actresses in the biz who really doesn’t get the credit she deserves. She can become such a wide range of characters and make them seem so authentic as is the case here with her portrayal of Megan Twohey. Zoe Kazan has long been an underrated talent (especially in the indie film world) so it’s nice to see her in a higher profile project to showcase her talents. Not only does she have great chemistry with Mulligan, but she knocks it out of the park as Jodi Kantor.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. Grade: A-

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. Grade: A-

Extras:
* DVD copy
* Digital copy
* Theatrical trailer
* “Breaking The Story”- Interviews with the 2 real life journalists who talk about their own experiences and the film based on their own lives. 

January 11, 2023 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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