The Post (2017)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Bruce Greenwood, Matthew Rhys
7 out of 10. Set in the early '70s but timely in today's world. The true-life account on how The Washington Post exposed the government's machinations of the Vietnam War through its battle to publish the Pentagon Papers is not among Steven Spielberg's best work. He assembles Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in their first movie team-up and elicits a subtle performance from Streep. She manages to minimize her usual screen mannerisms. Hanks is fine but his depiction of Ben Bradlee is like watching Tom Hanks as Tom Hanks. A standout is Bob Odenkirk as Ben Bagdikian, the journalist who gets hold the Papers. Spielberg's storytelling is too talky and preachy and he downplays the role of The New York Times in the publication of the documents. He completed the movie's production in six months which may be the reason that some elements seemed rushed and forced. There are sequences that are too incredible, for dramatic license, like how The Times spent months preparing its article while The Post did it overnight. There are lots of memorable lines among them uttered by Katharine Graham who said, "We don't always get it right, we know we're not always perfect. But I think we just keep on it. You know, that's the job, isn't it?" Hopefully they got it right and accurate because an error, even a minor one, can be permanently ruinous to someone's reputation and life. Jason Robards' interpretation of Ben Bradlee in All the President's Men remains untouched and that movie is still among the best films about the press along with Thomas McCarthy's Spotlight. #thepost#tomhanks#merylstreep#stevenspielberg#thewashingtonpost
The Post - Steven Spielberg
You can count on Hanks to deliver another consistent performance, although he makes an unconvincing smoker. Streep however bores me to tears (I’m sure The Academy just throw Oscars at her for the sake of it). Matthew Rhys is the star of the show and doesn’t get enough screen time - imo he’s one of the most underrated Actors in the biz. The camera work is fluid and the news room scenes are buzzing a la Wolf of Wall Street and Mad Men (but with less sexism). The print room scene and the telephone calls build tension well and the typewriter motif running throughout the film is a nice touch. The VFX in the Supreme Court scene is horrendous. The film is very monochromatic - something I didn’t find appealing to the eye. Conclusion: it’s not Spielberg’s best, and it’s hard to see it making many waves during Award season, but it’s a very American movie with (yet another) happy ending.