Bombshell is a terrific yet edgy look at the downfall of Roger Ailes and the ripple effect a toxic work environment has on women in the office. Never mind the fantastic performances from Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, and Charlize Theron, Jay Roach’s latest project gives audiences an insight into the twisted politics that often comes with a toxic work environment. The writing to some might seem off, but it was certainly reflective of the time period and one of the strongest aspects of Bombshell. The film thrives in those moments where everyone seems to be making excuses or trying to pseudo justify Ailes’s behavior. Not only does it give a window into how Fox News was run during this period, but it shines a bright light on a workplace where looks were valued over-contribution. environments
Kidman and Robbie have indeed received their fair share of praise during this awards season, but it’s indisputable just how much Charlize Theron stands out in this film. Not only is her transformation into Megyn Kelly on par with her work in Monster, but Theron’s balanced approach to the role was also nuanced enough to make her a favorite to win the Academy Award. What I loved most about her performance is that it emphasized that Kelly shouldn’t be perceived as a hero. While at the end of the day, she did the right thing, Kelly was always out for herself, even if it meant accepting Ailes for what he was.
The pacing of the film was fine. If I had any issue with the film is that it seem Roach was dedicated to finding doppelgangers to play key members of the Fox News team. This, in a way, dulled the edge of the film slightly but didn’t take away from the overall quality of the piece. Overall, it’s hard to envision a movie like this not being in many critic’s top 10 lists. The only question left to answer is whether or not Oscar voters will gravitate to this film the way they did Green Book. We should know soon enough.