Trigger Warning: Sexual Harassment
No spoliers given.
A 2019 release Bombshell directed by Jay Roach, gives you the most honest insight to every single woman on a war. War with themselves and with the world to tolerate the perpetual non-consensual flirt, demeaning remarks, casual bullying and of course the sexual harassment. Those whose eyes flicker in bewilderment, those who walk sternly with back straight head high and even those who use boyish clothes as a defense mechanism. The plausible cinematography gives you enough time to not only notice each one of them but also feel the horror of sexual harassment, the degradation that seeps into body and soul.
The film achieves its proficiency point, when the frame captures the three main leads together in an elevator with the most piercing silence giving the most blatant depiction of women with icy smiles, iron ambitions and high heels, all going through same trauma yet so painstakingly quiet. Where Kayla played by Margot Robbie has just been warned not to talk about the sexual advancements made by her boss who also happens to be a 71-year-old Fox News Channel CEO Roger Ailes and therefore remain completely oblivious for her own good. Her walking down to the elevator is supported by a background score with haunting “all women voices” as instrumentation to emphasize despite several victims just like her, how alone she is on this walk.
Where objectifying woman by forcing them to show legs and wear accentuatingly body tight clothes for rating coupled with degrading sexual remarks has perhaps become a norm for women to accept in all workspaces. Here, Bombshell becomes a revolution and not just a well-crafted movie. It carves out heroines out of characters that some in audience will see as deeply compromised if not outright villainous. It shatters the deeply ingrained image of womanhood as apologetic, meek and reserved. With only female leads played by Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie “Bombshell” as the title suggests is a firecracker conceived in an 1hr 48 min long reel.