Starring: Keira Knightley, Carrie Coon, Chris Cooper, Alessandro Nivola, Rory Cochrane, David Dastmalchian, Morgan Spector, Robert John Burke, and Peter Gerety
Director: Matt Ruskin
To me, the best part about journalism movies is the discovery that comes with the investigation. Those “a-ha!” moments when the reporter finally finds a break in the story. Sadly, while Boston Strangler is a fine movie with some solid performances (Keira Knightley with an American accent is discombobulating), it lacks that extra oomph that is present in similar movies like Zodiac and Spotlight. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely learned things about the case, but the revelations just fall a little flat. Still though, considering this is a Hulu original, there isn’t too much to complain about.
As a chick from Massachusetts, I’ve always heard stories about the Boston Strangler, but this film brings the investigative side of the story to life from the perspective of two women reporters in the 60s. The film dives right into the plot, but decides to focus more on the sexism that these women dealt with while trying to expose the truth and less on the brutality of the actual crimes. While it lacks suspense, it's still a solid film that’s worth watching for the fine performances from Keira Knightley and underrated Carrie Coon.