Friday, November 25, 2022

She Said - 2 1/2 Stars - November 18, 2022

New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor's investigation of producer Harvey Weinstein's sexual abuse and misconduct brought the film mogul to justice, and also supercharged the "Me Too" movement against sexual harassment.  She Said presents a by the number's newsroom story, with Carey Mulligan as Twohey and Zoe Kazan as Kantor.  The two actresses represent the journalism profession quite believably.  Patricia Clarkson and Andre Baugher add credibility as their editors.  Juggling marriage and motherhood, the two women follow leads and encourage witnesses to come forward.  She Said falls in the league of All the President's Men and Spotlight but lacks the tension of those somewhat better movies.  We know the outcome.  Harvey Weinstein's now resides in prison and faces more trials.  She Said deserves viewing as it gives victims a voice. One of those victims, Ashley Judd, plays herself in the film.  She Said also reminds us of the importance of investigative journalism.  The result is worthy and satisfying, even if not as exciting as the best of the investigative journalism films of our times.