First Glance: “Bombshell”


The story behind the fall of Fox News mogul Roger Ailes amid accusations of sexual harassment seems perfect for the modern day big screen. But in such a ridiculously polarized and toxic political climate could they tell this story in a way that did justice to the facts and more importantly the women who risked their careers telling their stories? After watching the new trailer for “Bombshell” I still don’t know the answer to that.

The trailer’s cringy and glaringly on-the-nose opening instantly brings into question whether this is going to be an eye-opening expose or a heavy-handed political hit piece. Sure, that kind of garb will always have its apologists, but I’m more interested in the women (played by the compelling trio of Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, and Charlize Theron) and their fight to expose workplace sexual harassment. Thankfully we get hints of that later in the trailer. So if they keep the nonsense out and stick with the true story this could be really good. Needless to say I’m a little skeptical.

“Bombshell” hits theaters December 20th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or giving it a pass.

20 thoughts on “First Glance: “Bombshell”

    • That’s a good question. It’ll definitely be there in time for the awards season push (which I’m betting it will be a part of). But as far as box office, I’m not sure. It almost looks like one of those movies that gets a limited release just to qualify for awards and then gets a bigger release in January. May not be the case, but we will find out soon.

  1. I’m going with a maybe on this as I like those 3 women and I’m familiar with the story. Yet, I’m thinking it might be very conventional. Plus, what’s with these five-second intros to trailers nowadays of a preview of the trailer before the actual trailer? I’m sick of that shit. And what’s up with that Billie Ellish music? I’m sorry but I don’t understand what is the big deal about her.

    • I didn’t so much see it as political correctness. To me that opening makes me wonder if it’s too invested in toxic current day politics than it is the compelling and relevant story of these women. The writer has teamed with Adam McKay which is another cause for concern.

    • It’ll be an important film IF they will actually stick with it and give the story of these women the attention it deserves. The trailer looked just as interested in politics as it did their story. I really hope that’s not the case.

      • It doesn’t really matter. We have 3 lead characters played by major stars. No matter what the focus is, and clearly it is going to be on the scandal, it is a big deal. I fully expect the whining of men though for whatever reason because apparently the MeToo movement is a major inconvenience for them (no wonder). And it really says a lot about Hollywood how it is the only movie about the subject we are getting.

      • Oh I think it matters. I don’t want Hollywood to start giving women token roles and then ignoring their stories. It would be just like Hollywood to do something like that then publicly pat themselves on the back for being so forward-thinking. Maybe I just don’t trust Hollywood to give these women the focus they deserve.

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