The film is a love letter to old newspapers, the camera lingering on the typesetters toiling on Linotype machines, and conveyor belts sending newspapers high into the sky as if they were delivering today's edition directly to the heavens.
Like a reporter working on deadline, Steven Spielberg banged out "The Post" as quickly as possible, taking just nine months from reading the script to its first screenings late previous year - about half the time it takes to bring the average picture to the screen. The decision of The Washington Post to risk the government's wrath and publish the documents, which detailed how the United States continued the war in Vietnam despite knowing how badly it was going, had a lot to do with its woman publisher, Katharine Graham. Streep does an impressive Woody from Toy Story and Tom Hanks disappears into the role of The Iron Lady. The biggest, most obvious theme is that the free press exists for the benefit of the people, not the benefit of the President, and that restrictions must not be placed on their ability to inform and educate.
'The Post', distributed by 20th Century Fox, is now showing at the Reel Deal.
While Bradlee and his reporters work to gather information, Graham must prepare herself to be the only woman in the boardroom.
Indeed, at the film's start Graham is painted as an uncertain and worrisome socialite who knows how to throw a dinner party but isn't sure she can handle appearances when the newspaper goes public on the New York Stock Exchange. Moment by moment and gesture by gesture, she masterfully moves Graham toward emerging confidence in a time of national crisis. Graham is the only woman in a leadership position in the entire film, the rest are all white men. She is just having trouble with navigating the business world and what being good at that means in her personal life. "She wasn't raised to have an opinion". But as the Post gets ready to print what it has, a new wrinkle develops: A federal judge, at the request of Nixon (who is heard throughout the movie via Tricky Dick's own secret tapes), orders the Times to cease publication of its Pentagon Papers stories - the first time a government body has stopped a news outlet before it printed something. Where the film and anti-War peaceniks falter is in acknowledging that America's involvement in Nam was not sparked by colonialism but the desire for freedom and self-government for the anti-communists in South Vietnam. And part of that plan involves going head to head with the "paper of record", the New York Times.
Meryl Streep told reporters at The Post premiere that she wants Oprah Winfrey to be president. The company, then struggling, was about to go public, and the male board members were afraid doing so would hurt them financially. Though it's just reaching Triangle theaters, it's one of the best, most important films of a year ago. There, he contributed to the top-secret files that became known as the Pentagon Papers. Screenplay by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer. He had also written the script for "The Fifth Estate", about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and worked on "The West Wing". But Bradlee maintains that the documents must be published, and continues to argue with the understandably indecisive Graham. She had often deferred to her editor, but in the end, the choice fell squarely on her shoulders. However, when it comes to remembering all of the movies she's been nominated for, she has a bit of trouble, even when a bonus Oscar is the prize. It's hard to disagree when Ben randomly turns to his secretary and says, "My God, the fun!"
Spielberg. Streep. Hanks. You don't need me or anyone else to tell you that the merits of this film are worth your time and the price of admission.