Sexual harassment in the workplace has been the topic of a number of high
profile movies and TV shows recently, Apple TV’s “The Morning Show” and
Blumhouse Televison’s “The Loudest Voice” being two of the most high
The latest “Bombshell” doesn’t really bring much new to the table and if
you’ve watched “The Loudest Voice” - which tells basically the same story -
then you’ll know what’s coming.
The drama centres on the downfall of Roger Ailes, the US TV executive who
turned Fox News into not only one of the main players in global television
news but also one of the most profitable companies in Rupert Murdoch’s
Ailes (John Lithgow) used his position, much like Harvey Weinstein did at
Miramax, of influence within the company to coerce sexual favours from his
Set during the US presidential campaign of 2016 the story centres mostly on
Gretchen Carson (Nicole Kidman), a presenter on Fox News who was the first
to report Ailes sexual advances. Adding some tension to the whole
proceeding is the networks lead female anchor, Megyn Kelly (Charlize
Theron), who has to make the decision to either further her career by
staying silent or risk the wrath of Ailes by speaking up against him.
Kidman, Theron and Margot Robbie – in a semi fictionalised role where her
character is a composite of many of the females that spoke out against
Ailes, are all fantastic in their respective roles and Lithgow is every bit
the bully that I’m sure Ailes was in real life.
Taken on its own merit “Bombshell” is a highly enjoyable well told story
but, and it’s a big but, if you’ve seen “The Loudest Voice”, where Ailes
was so brilliantly played by Russel Crowe, then “Bombshell” feels like it’s
only just skimming the surface of the Rodger Ailes story, then again “The
Loudest Voice” did have several more hours to tell a fuller story.
No matter if you’ve seen “The Loudest Voice” or not “Bombshell” is a must
see, don’t miss.