Bombshell (2019)

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Bombshell is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time; and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it.

Film Introduction
"Bombshell" is a 2019 drama film directed by Jay Roach and written by Charles Randolph. The film is motivated by real-life occurrences and occasions surrounding Fox News and its previous CEO and chairman, Roger Ailes. The story follows three female staff members at Fox News who expose the toxic culture of sexual harassment that penetrated the environment under Ailes' rule.

Main Characters and Plot
The film includes 3 main characters, three females who stand at the crux of the narrative - Gretchen Carlson (played by Nicole Kidman), Megyn Kelly (played by Charlize Theron), and Kayla Pospisil (played by Margot Robbie) - whose point of views form the film's story.

Previous Miss America Gretchen Carlson starts the journey against Roger Ailes, boldly choosing to sue him for sexually harassing her. Meantime, Megyn Kelly, Fox News' most popular host, is handling reaction over her tough questions to governmental candidate Donald Trump during a 2016 Republican dispute, managed by Ailes himself. Kayla Pospisil, an imaginary character composite of several real-life ladies's experiences, is an eager, ambitious young intern who ends up being a victim of Ailes' manipulative techniques.

The Legal Battle and Impact
In spite of understanding it might be career-ending, Carlson submits the suit. Initially, there's deafening silence from all sides, however slowly more voices step forward to support her claim, marking more allegations versus Ailes. The network is divided, but the occurrences draw attention towards systemic sexism inside Fox News.

Megyn Kelly finally advance, verifying Gretchen's claims by sharing her unwanted sexual advances experience from a decade past. Kelly's choice to join the ladies implicating Ailes served as a turning point in the procedures. Kayla Pospisil's experience illustrates the continued culture of sexual exploitation and the intimidating power characteristics that enable such behavior to commit.

In the end, Roger Ailes is forced to resign from his position at Fox News, however with a hefty severance package. Gretchen Carlson's bravery kickstarts a wave of self-questioning and action in newsrooms throughout America. Nevertheless, the movie also throws light on the truth that it doesn't fully resolve the issue, with systemic sexism and events of harassment still occurring post-Ailes.

Efficiency and Themes
Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, and Margot Robbie deliver good performances, with Theron's transformation into Kelly being particularly noteworthy. The movie effectively records the claustrophobic and uncomfortable environment that the female workers had to sustain. It majorly highlights styles of sexual harassment, systemic misogyny, power-play, and silence culture in workplaces.

"Bombshell" is a powerful drama that tells an engaging story about the courage to speak out against a poisonous culture dominated by powerful men. It questions loyalty, sexism, and the worry of ruining a profession while putting a spotlight on women's rights in the work environment. So, despite few minor narrative defects, it delivers a prompt message accurately - no person must be objectified or made to feel lesser in their place of work.

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