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The Post is a political thriller directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer. The film stars David Cross, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Carrie Coon, Bruce Greenwood, Alison Brie, Bradley Whitford, Tracy Letts, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. The film takes place in the early 1970s and focuses on journalists from The Washington Post.
The main protagonists are Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) and Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks). The story of The Post is about the attempts by The Washington Post and the journalists who work for this newspaper to publish the Pentagon Papers. These were highly classified documents which contained information undisclosed to the public about the thirty-year involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War.
My Knowledge and Expectation of The Post
The Post is a film which had everything going for it. For one, Steven Spielberg, who is arguably the greatest director of all time, was directing the film. Since the 1970s, he has made films which are now considered to be classics. Jaws, the Indiana Jones Trilogy, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan are a handful of the brilliant films Steven Spielberg has made during his career. I hoped The Post would rank amongst his best.
He certainly had an awesome cast to make The Post as good as it could be. Indeed, Sarah Paulson was fantastic in The People v. O. J. Simpson and Bob Odenkirk was great in Breaking Bad. I was curious to see them in a film such as The Post. I believe that Bruce Greenwood is highly underrated as an actor so I could not wait to see him in this film. Still, I have to be honest and say that Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep were the standout cast members.
Tom Hanks is awesome and Meryl Streep is the best actress of all. If you can choose any titans of acting to lead your film, you cannot do better than Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. With the film receiving two nominations at the 2018 Oscars, my expectations for The Post were high. I was confident that I would see a film that would be worthy of its nomination for Best Picture. On paper, everything was in place for this to happen.
My Thoughts on The Post
I loved The Post. For me, this is the first film nominated for Best Picture at the 2018 Oscars I have seen which made me believe that it thoroughly deserved its nomination. From top to bottom, the film exudes excellence, especially with its acting. Clearly, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep bring their A-game and provide tremendous lead performances. I have no problem with Meryl Streep being nominated for Best Actress. She was superb and continues to solidify her seemingly insurmountable position as the best actress of all-time.
The supporting cast in The Post were fantastic as well. For one, Bruce Greenwood was great in his small role as Robert McNamara and this is not the first time he has played someone from the Kennedy Administration. Indeed, he played President John F. Kennedy in Thirteen Days and now Robert McNamara in The Post. He has impressed me in everything I have seen him in and that continued with this film. Bob Odenkirk and Carrie Coon were also standouts in The Post.
The Story and Themes of The Post
I was captivated by the story in The Post from the beginning which I expected to happen. This is because films about journalism, cover-ups and government corruption always interest me. Certainly, you can make parallels with other great films such as State of Play, Spotlight and especially All the President’s Men when looking at the subject matter of The Post. I was enthralled with the story and I found the film to get progressively better. I loved The Post more and more as it went on. Certainly, the stakes and tension in the film build throughout its duration as well as its resonance and timeliness.
Clearly, everything that is touched upon in The Post is extremely relevant to what is going on in the world today. It would be easy for a less capable director to portray the themes and messages of this film in a forced manner. Luckily, The Post had Steven Spielberg at the helm and he crafted this film in such a way that I was emotionally impacted by it, especially towards the end.
Steven Spielberg did a great job directing this film which, on the whole, I found to be brilliant. It is another example of how Spielberg continues to deliver fantastic films. Truly, I have no major complaints with The Post. I urge you to see this film as soon as you can for all of the reasons that I listed above. Once you do see it, I hope the film will impact you in the same way it impacted me.
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