She Said – The DVDfever Cinema Review – Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kazan

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She Said begins in Ireland, 1992, when a young actress goes to work on a film set on a beach… and is then seen running away, scared and in floods of tears.

The film, in the main, documents those speaking out against Hollywood fallen mogul Harvey Weinstein, and the sexual abuse of which he was first accused, and then convicted, with many more women coming forward once this was made public.

First, however, and eventually leading up to 2016, we see some allegations being made to Donald Trump, the actor for which (James Austin Johnson) does a pretty decent impression over the phone. Naturally, Trump denies anything.

While I wouldn’t trust any politician as far as I could throw them, it is interesting to point out, for anyone who didn’t realise, that while the mainstream media berated Trump for questioning the Presidential Election voting count for 2020, and how he should realise that Joe Biden was a clear winner… do bear in mind, that Hillary Clinton did the exact same thing in 2016, and none of you batted an eyelid!

Also, in 2020, Joe Biden put in the most lazy campaign ever, and won 81 million votes, yet when Obama won his first term, he put in a strong campaign, and scored 69 million votes! So, it does not compute that everything was above board(!)

Following everything with Weinstein, we see other cases which have come along and been discussed in the media, either in the form of people who’ve had allegations made against them, or the women making those allegations – including from Ashley Judd, one of the few people who appears as themselves, talking about her experience and how it completely derailed her career – and all of which is being investigated by New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor (Zoe Kazan) and Megan Twohey (Carey Mulligan) – and we see how it also affects both of their lives.

The problem with She Said is that it’s acted out on film like a straight documentary, with events going from A to B to C to D, and so on, without any hint of ‘drama’ that it’s meant to be, and comes across as very flatly delivered.

The topic is certainly important, but She Said perhaps plays too straight a bat to be as successful a movie as I would’ve expected from the trailer.

She Said is in cinemas now, and is available to pre-order on Blu-ray and DVD.

The book is available to buy on Paperback, Hardback and Kindle.

She Said – Official Trailer – Universal Pictures

Detailed specs:

Running time: 129 minutes
Release date: November 25th 2022
Studio: Universal Pictures UK
Format: 1.85:1 (ARRIRAW (3.4K)
Cinema: Cineworld Didsbury
Rating: 6.5/10

Director: Maria Schrader
Producers: Lexi Barta, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner
Based on the book and New York Times investigation by Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, Rebecca Corbett
Screenplay: Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Music: Nicholas Britell

Megan Twohey: Carey Mulligan
Jodi Kantor: Zoe Kazan
Rebecca Corbett: Patricia Clarkson
Dean Baquet: Andre Braugher
Laura Madden: Jennifer Ehle
Rowena Chiu: Angela Yeoh
Nell: Maren Heary
Lance Maerov: Sean Cullen
Lisa Bloom: Anastasia Barzee
Rose McGowan (voice): Keilly McQuail
Mrs. Schmidt: Hilary Greer
Hywel: Wesley Holloway
Rachel Crooks: Emma O’Connor
Iris: Justine Colan
Gracie: Elle Graham
David Glasser: Jason Babinsky
Andrew Cheung: Edward Astor Chin
Young Rowena: Ashley Chiu
Zelda Perkins: Samantha Morton
Herself (voice): Gwyneth Paltrow
Young Zelda Perkins: Molly Windsor
Donald Trump (voice): James Austin Johnson