She Said

Harvey Weinstein was one of the most powerful people in Hollywood. Not only was he head of a major motion picture production house, he could make or break your career without a second thought. That was the case too, especially when the women he worked with did not do what he wanted. She Said, based on the 2019 book of the same name, is about the true events of Megan Twohey (Carey Mulligan) and Jodi Kantor (Zoe Kazan) who broke the story at The New York Times which ultimately started the Me Too movement.

While there were some aspects I knew about this case, there was also a lot that I didn’t know. Starting from the very beginning and breaking down bit by bit the process of how this story was born made it easy to follow and kept me interested. To discover that these assaults started back in the nineties was crazy, especially since it took so long for somebody to come forward about them. As the pieces were uncovered by our fearless journalists, I waited in bated breath for it to all come together. It seemed like they just kept getting worse.

I thought it was such a great idea to get some real life victims to portray themselves. Ashley Judd, Judith Godrèche and Gwyneth Paltrow, to name a few, are some of biggest names in the industry. They all played important roles in breaking the story so having them here, whether it was on screen or off, just added that extra realistic factor. One who was missing was Rose McGowan, who opted for someone else to act on her behalf (Keilly McQuail). It was also very cool having the movie filmed in the actual New York Times building. This was a first for the building.

With brilliant supporting performances from Patricia Clarkson as Rebecca Corbett and Andrew Braugher as Dean Banquet working along side Mulligan and Kazan, She Said is a movie that is not to be missed. It may be niche in that you know what to expect going into it, but that won’t stop you from leaving with a mixture of heartbreak and inspiration. The harrowing stories recounted by brave women are something I won’t be able to get out of my head for a long time.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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