Jay Roach‘s upcoming feature,“Bombshell” had its first screening in Los Angeles Monday night and the first critical reactions are in. Many awards pundits attended the capacity screening and came out the other end with praises for the performances. The reactions have sparked speculation on the film’s Oscar potential and where it could land in its heavy-hitting stride.
The Fox News scandal film, directed by Roach (“Meet the Parents,” All the Way,” “Trumbo”), stars Charlize Theron (“Long Shot”) as Megyn Kelly, Margot Robbie (“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”) as fictional channel producer Kayla Pospisil and Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”) as Gretchen Carlson, the women who take on Fox News head Roger Ailes (John Lithgow) for his continued harassment and leadership in the toxic workplace.
The synopsis reads:
Starring Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron, Academy Award® winner Nicole Kidman, Academy Award® nominee John Lithgow and Academy Award® nominee Margot Robbie, based on the real scandal, BOMBSHELL is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time; Fox News, and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it. Directed by Emmy® Award winner Jay Roach and written by Academy Award® winner Charles Randolph.
“Bombshell” also stars Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Mark Duplass, Rob Delaney, Malcolm McDowell, and Allison Janney. Oscar-winning writer Charles Randolph (“The Big Short”) pens the script for Roach.
The film is co-financed by Bron Studios and produced by Creative Wealth Media Finance and Lighthouse Management & Media. Lionsgate picked up the feature last fall from Annapurna. It releases in theaters December 20.
Check out some of the first reactions to Jay Roach’s “Bombshell” from Twitter.
Good lord #Bombshell is fantastic — juicy, heartbreaking, funny and infuriating. It’s Charlize’s show, but Kidman, Robbie and Kate McKinnon all perfect.
— Matt Donnelly (@MattDonnelly) October 14, 2019
I did not expect BOMBSHELL to gut punch me the way it did. Maybe that was naive of me. So many moments that women will nod in recognition with, such an incisive portrait of the way you have to navigate predators with power.
— Jenelle Riley (@jenelleriley) October 14, 2019
BOMBSHELL will make a convincing case for the VICE slot in the Best Picture race. Everything here is double-underlined (when the dominoes start to fall for the Murdochs, we literally see a character flick a domino over) but it plays effectively
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) October 14, 2019
#Bombshell is fascinating: a spiky, rollicking & relentless legal thriller. I love how morally complex the filmmakers and actors allow the characters to be; they're not the heroines you expect, they're just trying to do right. Charlize is unreal & Kazu Hiro's makeup is insane.
— Katie Walsh (@katiewalshstx) October 14, 2019
Charlize Theron is remarkable as Megyn Kelly. She disappears into the part, owns the movie. The cast of characters are hilariously Fox. Like Game Change and Recount ish. #bombshell
— Sasha Stone (@AwardsDaily) October 14, 2019
BOMBSHELL: Riveting, engrossing, essential & empowering procedural about the fall of Fox News topper Roger Ailes starts strong & gets more potent as it progresses. *Superb* performances from #CharlizeTheron #NicoleKidman & #MargotRobbie! #Bombshell is a terrific movie. pic.twitter.com/dcLVzPStAO
— Scott Mantz (@MovieMantz) October 14, 2019
Charlize Theron is uncanny as Megyn Kelly in Bombshell. It’s uncanny. I’m still awestruck. She and Margot Robbie are incredible. #Bombshell
— Gregory Ellwood – The Playlist 🎬 (@TheGregoryE) October 14, 2019
All of ‘em all! They all BRING IT!! Noms for all!!
Let’s go get it ladies!!! pic.twitter.com/MwdtGHVZo6
— 🍅Jacqueline🍅 (@THATJacqueline) October 14, 2019