There is point to be made and there is a way of how this point was evolved and brought into Spotlight. So cut the embellishments and get straight to the point. That's what this film does in it's screenplay. The screenplay deservedly won so many accolades and awards.
Technically, I thought its the setting of the mood that was perfect. Most of the film is shot in the interiors of a press office and the lighting was perfect and it brought the needed sobriety to the mood. The cinematography was limited in scope but terrific in terms of context. The angles were right and the emotions were conveyed straight. There are no bottom angles to build up or top angle shots to show the "God's view" either. Almost all the time, camera is just a shoulder away and the character spoke to another character missing the existence of camera and I must say it was great.
The editing is precise. There is neither melodrama, nor is the case shown as low profile. 'Spotlight' means everything is on top of this story. Albeit few obstacles the story comes along at the right time.
In this amazing ensemble cast, I loved the acting of Liev Schreiber (Marty Baron). His acting was truly professional.
For me as a viewer, the journey of watching this hit all the right notes. It started slowly pulling me into it and then paced up with revelations that were shocking and ended on a high. Ah, what more can I ask for.
Thanks to the writers and director for making a poignant film in a time where action and fast pace is becoming a norm. This film deserves patience and rewards heavily with the goods.
A 4/5 for this terrific film.