*Warning: Minor spoilers ahead*
During this year’s Oscars ceremony, co-host Amy Schumer delivered some spot-on commentary about Hollywood’s portrayal of women in films. But perhaps one of her best lines came when she brought up the critically-acclaimed film, King Richard. She quipped, ”After years of Hollywood ignoring women's stories, this year, we finally got a movie about the incredible Williams sisters'...dad.”
It was all in good fun, of course. But oddly enough, this was the quote that came to mind as I watched the first episode of Gaslit, a new Starz political thriller starring Julia Roberts, Sean Penn and Dan Stevens. The series just premiered today on Starz, and it details the events of the Watergate scandal through the eyes of Martha Mitchell (Roberts), wife of President Richard Nixon’s Attorney General, John N. Mitchell (Penn). But fans who are expecting a deep dive into the outspoken socialite will be disappointed, because while Roberts’s character is easily the most compelling, her story gets sidelined by a group of men who aren’t nearly interesting.