Duration: 115 minutes
India Release Date: 12-JAN-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 4 on 5
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.
“The Post” tells the story of the Pentagon Papers, choosing to focus on two key players in the unfolding battle between the free press and a White House that struggled to keep the secrets of how our government handled the Vietnam War under wraps. The film crackles with life and energy. Spielberg’s direction is unquestionably polished and the production handsome as the exposition plays out. It’s a superb drama about journalism. One of the things that’s most impressive about The Post is the efficiency with which Spielberg tells the story. The two central figures of this story are Kay Graham (Meryl Streep), the beleaguered publisher of the Post, doing a good job that too many men around her consider her incapable of doing, and Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), the editor of the Post, and the man who never questions whether of not they should publish. At just 115 minutes running time, The Post moving along at a brisk pace often makes it feel like a taut thriller as much as a drama about journalism. The Post is a potent, important story and Steven Spielberg has pieced together all the elements: government secrets & lies – set on a backdrop of a bustling print newsroom with relentless deadlines.
Performance & Technical Review:
Given that the film stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, one could accurately say that it’s a master class in acting, as well. Hanks and Streep blaze with such delicious chemistry that it’s amazing to realize that no one has cast them together before. Liz Hannah and Josh Singer’s screenplay is meticulous in its detail as it canvasses the lead up to the publication of the explosive Pentagon Papers in the Washington Post in 1971. Spielberg’s direction is unquestionably polished and the production handsome as the exposition plays out.
An unofficial prequel to All the President’s Men: The Post is superb drama on journalism and is brilliant. This is one of the best films of Spielberg’s illustrious career.
Ratings: 4 on 5
Performance: 3.5 on 5
Script: 3.5 on 5
Screenplay: 4 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3.5 on 5