Release Year: 2017
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Liz Hannah, Josh SInger
Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Matthew Rhys, Allison Brie, Carrie Coon, Jesse Plemons, David Cross, Zach Woods, Michael Stuhlbarg
Rating: Nominated for 2 Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actress (Meryl Streep). Nominated for 6 Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor – Drama (Tom Hanks), Best Actress – Drama (Meryl Streep),Best Original Score.
A cover-up spanning four presidencies pushes Washing Post publisher Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) and hard-driving editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the White House.
The Post tells the two-fold story of the publishing of the leaked Pentagon Papers, which documented systematic lies to the people by several U.S. presidents concerning the Vietnam war, and Kay Graham, the owner of the Washington Post, who was bypassed to inherit the paper by her father, who left the reins to her husband instead. While the film makes a strong, and always necessary, stand for the freedom of the press and its responsibility to serve the people, not the government, it is equally the story of a woman being forced to assert herself and claim her inheritance. Sometimes, however, it doesn’t seem quite determined about which story it wants to tell the most. But, it is Spielberg, and that man can turn out solid dramas with both hands tied behind his back. Here he has a talented and seasoned cast to fall back on, headed by Meryl Streep (Doubt, 2008), who received her 21st Oscar nomination for a quite moving performance, and always solid Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan, 1998) in the sort of combative yet sympathetic role that suits him so well. The Post joins a growing list of good newspaper dramas, but adds nothing noteworthy to the mix, perhaps apart from Streep’s nuanced portrayal of a newspaper owner. Recommended.
The Post was filmed after Spielberg’s Ready Player One (2018), but was released before.
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