The Post is the newest Spielberg film and it stars two legendary actors in Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. It is about the events that lead up to the exposing of the United States’ cover-up of the state of the Vietnam War. The Washington Post’s decision to publish the information on the matter is essentially what cemented the press’s right to publish what is beneficial to the public.
This is the type of the movie that could get real boring real fast if not done correctly. Thankfully, Steven Spielberg has been around the block a few times when it comes to directing, so at this point, he is pretty good about knowing what audiences want in a movie. That being said, this film does start out pretty slow and takes a little while to develop some tension. It does pick up in a big way later, so if you can make it through the early stages than it is very enjoyable.
One thing that bugged me a little bit while watching The Post is how it assumed the audience was well versed in its 1960-70s US History. If you’re a millennial like myself, I honestly think it may be worth the time to look up and read about the real-life events that this movie portrays before going to see it. I think that would’ve have helped aid in my ability to understand everything that was going on slightly better.
Meryl Streep is a fantastic actress, however, I felt like her performance was rather plain for this movie. It seemed like she spent more than half of the movie in a fancy gown at a high-class party or dinner. There were a couple of powerful moments that she delivered but for the most part, I thought she was asked to do too little and I was underwhelmed.
I always love when a movie that is based on a true story manages to keep the integrity of the story intact. After doing my research on the actual events, it seems to me that Spielberg did a fantastic job in making The Post not only entertaining and exciting but also historically accurate for the most part.
The quality of the acting was top-notch. Tom Hanks was brilliant per the usual, but there was also a plethora of supporting actors and actresses that gave performances that stuck out to me as well. Also, Zach Woods (Gabe from The Office) plays a small role in this film, and it made laugh just because of how corny an actor he is (in a good way).
I loved how the film was able to generate some suspense for the audience to really get them invested both mentally and emotionally for the latter stages of the film. It puts us in the position where we need to pick a side in a similar way to how Captain America Civil War made the audiences choose a side based on the information and events presented. Of course, the glaring difference to that comparison is the fact that the events in the post actually happened and thus we already know the decision that has to be made in The Post.
The Post is a well written, acted, and directed movie that I presume will score very highly with the critics. I had a great time with it and felt like I left having learned a lot about 1960-70s American History. If not for the slow nature of many of the filler scenes in the first half of the film, I am sure I would be giving a much higher rating. As it is, I would still highly suggest giving The Post a watch.