New from A Reel of One’s Own by Andrea Thompson: The Patriarchy Faces a Reckoning in ‘She Said’

The most obvious fact about the new movie She Said, which follows the New York Times reporters who broke the Weinstein story, is that it comes at a time when the truths it helped reveal are still being debated. Or darker still, under attack.

Even as I was on my way to the screening, another critic mentioned a crucial difference between this film and Spotlight, which I hoped She Said would resemble in terms of making the work of journalism itself (which in that particular case involved the Catholic Church covering up sexual abuse), not only fascinating, but watchable for audiences. But as they pointed out, people can be counted on to care about children. But not so much about women.

And yet it’s only half the story. As the backlash against feminism and women in general rages on, you don’t necessarily have to care about the rights of half the population to find She Said fascinating. You just have to care about movies.

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