She Said. The story that sparked the #MeToo movement and brought to light just how awful the sexual assault in Hollywood really was is now a movie – and one you should see. We were invited to a special screening of this film, and to be honest, I was not sure what to expect. I knew of the story and read some of the reports, but I never really “dove deep” into the story. I was not prepared for what I experienced. While it is pretty safe to say that there really are not any spoilers to this movie, I’ll try not to divulge too much.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman, An Education) and Zoe Kazan (The Plot Against America limited series, The Big Sick) star as New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, who together broke one of the most important stories in a generation— a story that helped propel the #Metoo movement, shattered decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood and altered American culture forever.
The premise of this movie feels bland – a story about two news reporters for the New York Times trying to get credible information for a big story. What makes this movie powerful are the women that are pursued to talk about their time at Miramax – and the settlements they are receiving from Harvey Weinstein. The story itself is deplorable, and one that will shake you to your core. Listening to these women describe what they experienced and hearing how they were treated is enough to cause you to feel as if you are watching a horror flick. There were moments where it was so intense, I was anticipating a jump scare.
What makes this movie powerful is the fact this is a true story. These women were scared to speak. But, because of Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, these women felt safety in numbers. They were able to speak out and save others from this heinous, criminal activity.
The movie does stray at times, sharing “family moments” for each reporter. It shows struggles with postpartum depression, and a few awkward family moments, which really have no place in the movie. This movie could have been made and understood without these scenes. Of course, it shows these women are human with other responsibilities and commitments, but She Said is not a story about their lives. It is a story about their job covering one story in particular. With a run time of 145 minutes, I feel the time these filler scenes used could have developed more about the women they pursued.
Should you see this movie? Absolutely, without a doubt. This is a powerful movie about very strong, brave women. I left this movie wanting more, wishing more could have been told about these actresses. I wish there had been more about the aftermath of hitting that publish button on the story.
#SheSaid is in theaters now.