She Said (2022) is an American biographical drama film directed by Maria Schrader and written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, based on Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s 2019 book of the same name.
Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan play Twohey and Kantor, respectively, in the film, chronicling their New York Times investigation into Harvey Weinstein’s history of abuse and sexual misconduct against women. Ashley Judd appears as herself, alongside Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher, Jennifer Ehle, and Samantha Morton.
The film runs for about two hours, and English is the primary language used.
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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. They 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.
SHE SAID FILM REVIEW
When I saw this film online, I thought it was a law movie (I don’t know why I thought that). Without reading or watching anything about it, I decided to watch it, and it turned out to be more than just a movie. It turns out to be people’s stories buried deep down. It turns out to be something real, something disturbing.
She Said is a beautifully directed film that digs into some of the intricacies of the ‘Me Too’ movement at its inception.
Journalists, especially Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, should be commended for their outstanding job in the industry.
This film is interesting, and there are a few points I’d like to discuss.
Character/Acting: These characters are great and played impressive roles in this film. Some characters are even represented as their real selves.
Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan’s performances stood out throughout the film. Their passion and dedication and even the chemistry they had were just impressive.
This film talks about a serious matter so there was no need for lots of laughs and the characters did that. The display of emotion was good too.
I really enjoyed their performance though they served mainly as observers of the stories others told and were collecting the stories as part of creating an article that will reveal the inhumane act of Hollywood’s Weinstein.
I particularly like how the film tries to give Twohey and her partner more emotional investment, with a prologue depicting the sexualized threats she received after exposing Trump in 2016. She Said does not beat around the bush. It keeps the focus where it should be and does not make it a dull occasion.
The film is also full of excellent support performances, notably Samantha Morton and Jennifer Ehle, that leave a lasting impression.
Cinematography: I like the cinematography, editing, the setting, and the audio quality; there was no music, just sounds from the surrounding, like the sound of someone pressing the keyboard, the sound of birds flying and chirping, office noise, and so on. The camera work is impressive too.
Themes: There are several themes explored in this film, like rape, assault, and sexual misconduct.
The film discusses rape and sexual misbehaviour in today’s culture and how pervasive they are in the workplace and other institutions.
Investigative journalism to further expose sexual assault and harassment of women by males in positions of power and authority. The story dives into the circle of influence of film mogul Harvey Weinstein to find the reality of his web of sexual misbehaviour.
It tells the experiences of women who came forward as sources to offer information on the producer’s sexual transgressions. The writers demonstrate how such activities have been commonplace, ranging from actual sexual assaults to sexual inappropriateness.
In this regard, the rape culture has become so entwined in the public and private realms that many people’s sexual misconducts have gone unnoticed and unpunished. The film take a position to show the extent to which this standard has permeated all aspects of contemporary life. Creating an awakening by exposing people at the top of the hierarchy to start a domino effect that disproves the rape culture.
After watching She Said, I just have to say that some humans, especially superiors, as in the case of this movie, are cruel and heartless for certain things they do to their employees.
This film broke my heart to see women so scared that they can’t even speak for themselves for fear of what might happen to them and their loved ones. They live in silence, and some even die in silence.
This film is made for everyone to create awareness of what is happening in society.
This excellent film speaks out for the oppressed, gives strength to the weak, and enlightens the world.
More films like this should be made to Enlighted the world about what some companies and institutions do to their workers.
I would recommend SHE SAID to anyone above 14.
You can watch She Said on Prime Video.
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