Each year, there are a few films that this site really goes to bat for. Here in 2022, one of those movies is She Said, a riveting account of the journalists who wrote the expose that finally took down Harvey Weinstein. After a successful festival run, the flick hit theaters yesterday, hoping to become an Academy Award player, to boot. So, for this week’s Awards Radar Community Question, we simply want to know…what did you think of She Said? We’ve been singing its praises for months now, so the time has come for you all to take the baton and chime in for yourselves.
In my rave review out of the New York Film Festival (found here), I had this to say:
Abuse impacts a victim in many ways. There’s the clear external harm, as well as the psychological damage. Those aspects are clear. That doesn’t take into account what they’ll carry with them for years, nor does it include how a lack of accountability for the abuser may embolden them. It’s corrosive, from top to bottom. In 2016 we saw an accused abuser deny his way into The White House. For years, Miramax executive Harvey Weinstein engaged in a pattern of sexual assault that showed no signs of slowing down, until a pair of journalists, as well as the very women he harassed, put a stop to it. She Said depicts that effort, focusing on the journalistic process that fueled it all. Playing at the 60th New York Film Festival, it’s a brilliant movie that makes it all absolutely captivating. I loved this film, upsetting as it may be.
She Said is a tribute not just to doing the hard work of journalism, but a testament to what can happen when survivors are given a voice. The former aspect brings to mind Spotlight and All the President’s Men, with a similar quality level. The latter is a lens on our current times, never really overtly referencing the #METOO movement but understanding that it sprouted from the work done by these women, as well as the pain caused by these men. It’s powerful stuff, distilled down into a flick that’s engrossing and impossible to turn away from.
Now, it’s your turn, ladies and gentlemen. You know my thoughts from NYFF, but what about yours? We’re all ears for your take on She Said. So, drop us a line and tell us if you think it’s an Oscar contender, where it ranks among journalism films, or whatever else strikes your fancy. The floor is yours…
What did you think of She Said? Let us know in the comments!