The Post takes place before the Watergate Scandal and stars Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of the struggling Washington Post. They are unable to keep up with other news media competitors like The New York Times, so when they discover papers that were kept top secret by the US Government over the span of four presidential eras, they are faced with the decision of keeping the information from the public or breaking the law.
The Post’s editor Ben Bradlee, played by Tom Hanks, argues for the release of these confidential papers that have been kept in secret. Both Streep and Hanks are exceptional and amazing actors in Hollywood, and they both play their respective roles in this film just fine. There’s not entirely a lot that’s Oscar-worthy in terms of the main cast’s performances, however, with the exception of one great emotional scene from Streep.
The first half is quite frankly pretty boring, as we wait for the main conflict to occur. But as soon as Graham makes a decision, the film does become interesting. There are shots created by cinematographer Janusz Kamiński of Bradlee and his team getting their lawyers and articles together, then cutting to the Post printing those papers through the printing press, creating serious importance. There are also many great close-up shots, tracking shots, and even a crane shot that make you feel the weight of Graham’s choice.
It’s understandable why Spielberg would want to make this film right after finishing the production of Ready Player One. It’s to remind people of the good the media outlets can bring, especially with the constant spread of the ‘Fake News’ phrase today. But anyhow, considering all the pros and cons mentioned earlier, I would say that it’s a good film. Not great, not bad, just worth a watch.