Cases of abuse against women seem endless. Women are vulnerable to experience it anywhere and anytime. This time there is a film that raises the case of harassment entitled Bombshell.
This film is based on the scandal that occurred a leading news agency in the United States, Fox News. The harassment was carried out by the CEO named Roger Ailes.
Jay Roach the director concocted and dramatized this case into an interesting film. Bombshell tells of a struggle of a news anchor who wants to speak up and expose the CEO for being sexually harassed.
Curious about the story? let’s discuss the synopsis and reviewbelow.
- Release Year: 2019
- Genre: Drama
- Production: Annapurna Pictures
- Director: Jay Roach
- Cast: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow, Malcolm McDowell, Allison Janney.
The film begins with the story of Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron). He is news anchor The famous Fox News. Megyn was chosen to moderate the 2016 Republican debate.
He asked Donald Trump about Trump’s offensive comments against women. This of course made Donald Trump angry and attacked him repeatedly.
Not only attacked through social media, Megyn Kelly also received many direct death threats. Feeling pressured from various directions and not getting any defense at all from the leader of Fox News, Roger Ailes (John Lithgow), Megyn Kelly was forced to make peace with Donald Trump.
On the other hand, there is Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) who is also a news anchor at Fox News. He was annoyed with Roger Ailes for being moved from a popular channel to a channel that had little interest. In the event also Gretchen Carlson often get comments that lead to sexual harassment.
Disapproved of all this treatment, Gretchen Carlson went to meet lawyers Nancy Smith and Neil Mullin to sue the people who had harassed her, including Roger Ailes. Gretchen Carlson says Roger always said he would help female employees succeed at Fox News. However, this assistance was not free.
The female employees being helped had to be willing to have sex with him and the people Roger Ailes introduced. Gretchen Carlson wants this treatment to be stopped immediately so that not many more women become victims of Roger Ailes’ depraved behavior.
Gretchen had it all planned and all the evidence was gathered. However, both of Gretchen’s lawyers are hesitant to win the case. This is because Fox News is a large institution and is not easily accessible by law.
Neil Mullin and Nancy Smith advised Gretchen Carlson to sue Roger Ailes privately so it wouldn’t be too risky.
In the end, with all the evidence he had gathered, he was determined to get himself fired from Fox News and would sue Roger Ailes. A few days later Roger Ailes became headline news everywhere after the lawsuit emerged from Gretchen Carlson.
Apart from Gretchen Carlson, it turns out that there are many female employees at Fox News who have experienced the same thing as her, including Megyn Kelly. Megyn Kelly confessed to a colleague that she was harassed by Roger Ailes before she became a news anchor the famous.
Having kept silent about the harassment by Roger Ailes, Megyn Kelly finally got up the courage to join Gretchen Carlson.
He went to a lawyer and explained the chronology of how he was abused by the CEO, Roger Ailes, in the past. Of course Roger Ailes denied the news and said that it was a very cruel slander.
Roger Ailes also said that this is news hoax that Gretchen spread out because she didn’t like being kicked out of a popular program. However, the more they deny, the more women start to dare to expose the sexual harassment by Roger Ailes.
In another department, it turned out that there was Kayla Pospisil who also experienced the same thing as Gretchen and Megyn. He was forced to serve Roger Ailes with the lure of being news anchor famous. Then how will it go? Did they succeed in suing the actions of the CEO Roger Ailes?
A Journey to Uncover the Harassment Scandal against Women in the Workplace
Bombshell is a film with a genre that is quite serious by raising a very sensitive issue. With the tempo that flows quite fast, the audience must really focus while watching this film because otherwise, the audience will lose some pieces of information that can obscure the essence of this film.
The plot centers on the story of three women, namely Megyn Kelly, Gretchen Carlson, and Kayla Pospisil. However, the interaction between them is quite minimal. All three are from different departments. They are fighting against a powerful ruler at Fox News for harassing female employees including them.
Some scenes are peppered with dark comedy which is thick and flicks the higher-ups who use their power to do whatever they want. Jay Roach was able to direct this film into an interesting spectacle even though the issues raised were quite sensitive.
Impressive Collaboration of Three Main Characters
The selection of Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie as the main characters is not without reason.
Jay Roach deliberately chose them because of their extraordinary acting quality and able to bring the characters in this film to life well. This proves that the three of them are big Hollywood actresses who are highly reckoned with.
Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly gets her share screentime more than Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie. He is also the most prominent character.
In addition to being involved in a conflict with Donald Trump during the presidential debate over sexual harassment, Megyn Kelly also has to protect her family from threats that come from her profession as a news anchor.
Meanwhile, Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson. He was the first to speak up about the abuse case.
There is also Margot Robbie who appears as news anchor ambitious in pursuing his career. The two were later harassed by Roger Ailes. Please note that the characters of Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson are based on real characters.
Their names were equated with the names of the original characters. While the character Kayla is a fictional or additional character. Kayla’s character is taken from a combination of victims who were sexually abused by Roger Ailes.
Serious Films with Long Enough Duration
For some people, it may be difficult to follow this film because the tempo is quite fast and contains world terminology broadcasting foreign ones. The dialogs that are displayed are also quite heavy. However, if you like movies with genre this might be interesting and easy to understand.
For a fairly serious genre peppered with dark comedy, Bombshell arguably has a fairly long duration, which is 109 minutes.
Perhaps in addition to entertaining, this film is also intended to flick the issue of sexual harassment which is always perpetrated by the upper classes in an institution. Not infrequently these female employees must have an attractive physique to be successful.
Behind the Scenes of the Broadcasting World
The film also shows the behind-the-scenes story of a news program broadcast. At the beginning of the film we will see Megyn Kelly narrate and perform office tour in the Fox News building.
He explained all the departments such as the newsroom which always looks busy, the broadcasting room, and the second floor room where Roger Ailes always monitors all broadcasting activities. The audience also seems to be shown how hecticthe world of broadcasting.
Then not only that, Bombshell also displays the pressures experienced by workers in the environment broadcasting. In addition, this film also reveals the fact that all the news displayed by a broadcasting institution is not shown fair. There must be a tendency or bias in one group.
Despite receiving various criticisms, this film is one of the best-selling films with a fantastic amount of income. This is because Jay Roach’s expertise in choosing the right character to turn this film into a spectacle is quite interesting.
One disadvantage of films based on true stories is that for viewers who know the real story, they can already guess endingwhat will it be like. However, there will always be a mixture of stories and dramatizations that are always prepared by the filmmakers that will make the audience not disappointed.
So are you curious to see a film about this big scandal?