FILM REVIEW: Bombshell

Power of three: Superstar trio Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie star in based-on-true-events film Bombshell, in cinemas now, rated M.
Power of three: Superstar trio Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie star in based-on-true-events film Bombshell, in cinemas now, rated M.

There are some movie casting team-ups that are just so perfect it's impossible to imagine anyone else doing as well.

Think George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon in the Ocean's films. Or Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer in The Help.

With Bombshell, we have a new, fierce, extremely blonde trio to add to the list: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie.

The three icons of cinema play women who work at the conservative US network Fox News, owned by the Murdoch family.

The story follows the real-life unfolding sexual harassment scandal involving Fox News boss Roger Ailes (a very impressive John Lithgow).

The film is very clearly a product of the #MeToo era, but it is far from jumping on the bandwagon or trying too hard to be relevant.

It simply is relevant because it represents what women go through every day in toxic workplace cultures.

Theron plays Megyn Kelly, the news anchor who became the story after then-presidential candidate Donald Trump went on the attack following her question about his treatment of women. Kelly was sent hate mail and death threats, stalked while on holiday and largely left to fend for herself by an organisation that cared more about ratings than employee safety.

Kidman plays Gretchen Carlson, a fellow anchor who makes it her mission to bring down Ailes.

Robbie, meanwhile, is the only actor playing a fictional character. She portrays Kayla, an ambitious young journalist who's determined to become on-air talent but has no idea what she's in for.

The scenes of harassment in this film can be difficult to watch, as the unfairness and violation is hard to stomach.

But it is an important story to tell, and the more popular culture can do to highlight the horrific injustices that women have to endure in competitive environments, the better.

Bombshell is brilliantly directed, acted and scored and deserves to be seen.

The broader support cast is also exceptional, featuring Kate McKinnon, Allison Janney, Connie Britton, Jennifer Morrison, D'Arcy Carden, Mark Duplass, Liv Hewson, Ben and Josh Lawson, Stephen Root and more.

Rating: 8/10