Director Spielberg dropped everything – including current blockbuster Ready Player One – to tell the story of the Washington Post’s decision to publish the Pentagon Papers. He felt a level of urgency to make this movie because of the current climate of the US administration – of them bombarding the press and labelling the truth as fake if it suits them.
Even more than Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, Streep holds our gaze by underplaying. As usual, she finds the music of the character.
The Post is an expertly-crafted and compelling film brought to tantalizing life by a master director and an all-star ensemble cast.
Katharine Graham is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper – The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee, Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. Together, they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light.
The film shows Streep as the only woman in a room full of besuited men, interrupted by men, talked over and down to by men, even those supposedly junior to her. We watch as she develops the strength finally to turn around and say: Enough.
The Post feels less like a historical thriller set in 1971 than it does an exhilarating caricature of the year 2017. This is a movie that couldn’t be more relevant if it had been set last week, or tomorrow; it’s a movie by someone who desperately wanted to address the world’s current (and concurrent) crises, but knew that it would be foolish to attack the problem head-on.
USA 2017, 115 min, rated M (offensive language)
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Alison Brie, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Bradley Whitford, Carrie Coon & Michael Stuhlberg