Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are brilliant in Spielberg's news drama
- Author: Leroy Wright Jan 13, 2018,
Jan 13, 2018, 12:02
"But now she doesn't have a choice".
The Post is Spielberg's clear and passionate ode to the adversarial press, and not only is it a refreshing departure from his past work, it also turns out to be a good fit for his slick storytelling style. Streep is quite affecting as she plays this woman who fears being the one who loses her family's business yet makes the courageous call anyway and gets to see it come good.
Graham is at the centre of The Post, a figure both relatable in her relative inexperience and somewhat removed in her privilege.
Streep is wonderful as Graham, who is determined to keep the paper her father built going and vital.
A few years into writing pilots that languished in development and feature spec scripts that didn't sell, a burned-out Hannah made one last-ditch effort before planning to leave the grind of writing to focus on something like teaching. On the one hand, there's the procedural story of reporters uncovering a far-reaching scandal, which is right in the wheelhouse of co-screenwriter and Spotlight Oscar-winner Josh Singer. A year later, The Post seems like an organic extension of her speech.
These are the huge obstacles which Graham has to face. The story emphasizes the low-tech leg-work of reporting in the pre-internet era, particularly as reporter Ben Bagdikian (Bob Odenkirk) tries to verify his suspicion that Ellsberg is the source of the Pentagon Papers leak.
Bradlee is pushing to publish the remainder of these papers so as to take The Post from being a local Daily to a National Daily.
Hanks' character has the strong sense of idealism which so many of us journalists will identify with.
Journalists are often applauded for the stories that they tell, but in the The Post, they become the story themselves.
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie. That is not necessarily a bad thing. (It's pretty astonishing that her battle against entrenched misogyny is only the second most important thing happening in The Post.) Would this double whammy simply be too much for investors to swallow?
Less concerned with the depiction of journalistic rigour and process that forms only a part of the on screen narrative, The Post effectively centres around one decision by one person and the Publisher, facing a financial upheaval at the company and a Government hell-bent on ensuring the papers never see the light of day, coming to terms with the implications of the decision.
Should one carry on with courageous idealism and face the hard consequences or accept the reality of the situation and avoid disaster?Graham had inherited The Post when her husband Philip committed suicide in 1963. The award-winning actors are on a press tour to promote their new movie, "The Post".
Meryl Streep: "Ordinary people can move the needle in history and change the course of history". Hanks is always enigmatic, but his portrayal of Ben Bradlee, Executive Editor of The Washington Post, feels removed from his comfort zone and his performance is marvelous. The papers revealed that although all U.S. presidents including Eisenhower, John F Kennedy, Lyndon B Johnson & Nixon were fully aware that the United States could not win the Vietnam war they purposefully misinformed the American people and kept sending troops to Vietnam.
Here's a Spielberg quote in the Los Angeles Times: "I thought this was an idea that felt more like 2017 than 1971".
Many people will say that idealism is dead today. It's not surprising that The Post is a beefy, down-the-middle film; it's exactly what it needed to be, even if that means some corny Spielbergian tropes.