Bombshell (2019)
First screened in December 2019
Director: Jay Roach. Cast: Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman, John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, Mark Duplass, Connie Britton, Holland Taylor, Allison Janney, Robin Weigert, Stephen Root, Brooke Smith, Alanna Ubach, Nazanin Boniadi, Lisa Canning, D'Arcy Carden, Bree Condon, Alice Eve, Ashley Greene, Tricia Helfer, Liv Hewson, Amy Landecker, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Jennifer Morrison, Ahna O'Reilly, Anne Ramsay, Elisabeth Röhm, Andy Buckley, Michael Buie, P.J. Byrne, Rob Delaney, Kevin Dorff, Spencer Garrett, Marc Evan Jackson, Richard Kind, Mark Moses, Tony Plana, Ben Lawson, Josh Lawson, Malcolm McDowell. Screenplay: Charles Randolph.

Twitter Capsule: Case study in how quite a lot can impress in a film that nonetheless feels mostly like a mess. Muscles but no ligaments.

VOR:   The big risk here—foregrounding anti-patriarchal pushback within a bastion of patriarchy—is diluted by timidity and script disorganization.

Photo © 2019 Lionsgate/Annapurna Pictures/BRON Studios

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Actress: Charlize Theron
Best Supporting Actress: Margot Robbie
Best Makeup & Hairstyling: Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan, and Vivian Baker

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Actress (Drama): Charlize Theron
Best Supporting Actress: Margot Robbie

Other Awards:
Producers Guild Awards: Stanley Kramer Award
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Best Makeup & Hairstyling

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