She Said is a dramatized account of how New York Times journalists Megan
Twohey and Jodi Kantor (Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman, An Education
and Zoe Kazan, The Plot Against America) investigated and eventually broke
the story of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexual crimes.
With its wide coverage in the media the story probably won’t be unfamiliar
to film fans and that’s the problem with She Said, if you have half a
knowledge of the story there’s really nothing here that you won’t have
already heard from reading papers and watching the news.
Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan, as are Patricia Clarkson and Andre Braugher
who play senior Times staff, are all excellent in their roles, however all
are slightly hampered in the first half as all the script has them doing is
sitting down interviewing various complainants’, one of them being Ashley
Judd who plays herself. Where She Said really excels is in the second half
where the journalists start to quiz Weinstein and his team, Weinstein
himself is played by a double and is only ever seen from the back.
She Said has undoubtedly an important story to tell and to a certain extent
it does it well, particularly in the second half. It’s just a shame the
first half couldn’t have been as interesting.