The Post (2017)
A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events.
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The acting is good, and the firecracker script has some excellent ideas.
I wanted to enjoy this film, but the forved suspense and constant scenes of thrownpaper was too distracting.The cast is incredible in this film, and watching Meryl Streep or Tom Hanks is never hard. Yet, Spielberg fell apart on this film, and took the focus away from the large issue if the film. The amount of unnecessary aggressive staredowns and cliche movie quotes became uninteresting, and the lacking display of a full story becomes clear. The plot develops well, but still I found it hard to remember that the Pentagon Papers are the real focus. Filming and overall viewership is as expected, but the director could have pulled out the stops to fill in the gaps for uninformed watchers.Overall, this is amazing for a movie fan that enjoys concerned yelling and serious adult conversations for 2+ hours. It might have been a famous historical moment for the government,but you would never know with "The Post"
Spoiler alert -- for those old enough to remember when this story, and the story the Washington Post would break soon after, it's not a spoiler. For those of you who weren't born yet, it is.Spielberg ends the movie with an allusion to the Watergate Hotel break-in. I remember Watergate. I barely remember the Pentagon Papers except that their publication was mentioned on the evening news.The attention to period detail is impeccable. As a former typesetter (offset/phototypesetting) I was amazed that the linotype machines got to play a significant part. Yes, I did see them in action when I went to a job interview, and learned the typesetter needed to be able to proofread on the fly reading something upside down and backwards (like Snell shorthand, a job skill that isn't appreciated anymore).Hanks, Streep, Rhys, Paulson, Whitford and a cast too long for me to name were all spot on. The juxtaposition of Kay Graham's battle for her newspaper and Daniel Ellsberg's battle to get the truth out about the Vietnam War being a failed cause (I had no idea Ellsberg was actually in combat in Vietnam), along with the legal machinations preventing publication are riveting.If you think what we see on televised/cable news, or on the internet news, is true reportage, think again.This film portrays what the Fourth Estate is all about, and it's so timely to watch it now.And for those born after these times? After you watch this, watch "All The President's Men" with Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, and Hal Holbrook among others.Both of these films are required viewing for anyone who is a journalism student, teacher -- or a journalist who is below the age of 50.Isabeau Vollhardt author, The Casebook of Elisha Grey scifi/detective ebook series
A nail-biter of a story about a time in our history that could be likened to current events.
In the movie: Nixon was furious about the Papers' release. In reality: Nixon was intially unfazed because the Papers tarnished his Democratic predecessors. In the movie: McNamara tries to stop the Post from running the story. In reality: He supported publication. In the movie: The Post's decision to print inspires other newspapers. In reality: Other newspapers published the documents based on the leakers' distribution plan.Long ago in a galaxy far far away...