Imagine getting a phone call one day that said “Hey, listen, Steven Spielberg loves your script. He’s pausing post-production on “Ready Player One” because he’d really like to take it on.” I mean, I would probably scream…for hours. I’m sure that’s how screenwriter Liz Hannah felt, and she should be proud of the work she did because my GOD this story is fantastic.
It has a message that’s just as important now as it was back in the early 1970’s.
“The Post” tells the story of the Pentagon Papers and their release to the public which had shown political cover-ups on the war in Vietnam that had spanned four Presidents. A portion of the papers were leaked to the New York Times, but when Nixon found out he threatened to shut them down if they published anymore. Eventually The Washington Post decided to take on the task of releasing the rest. The country’s first female newspaper publisher, Kay Graham, went to battle and published all of the papers. Causing an uproar between journalists and the Government.
Like I said in the beginning, Spielberg took on this script because he felt it’d be a perfect time to tell this story. Obviously he was right, and the story drives home the importance of journalism and free speech in our society. This movie is led by fantastic actors as well, with Meryl Streep playing Kay and Tom Hanks playing Ben Bradlee, the Post’s editor. In true Hanks and Streep fashion, they give 110% to this movie and definitely earn their Oscar nominations. Other honorable acting mentions in this movie are Bob Odenkirk and Bradley Whitford who really bring a lot to the table as well. This film also does an amazing job of showing sexism in the workplace and how Kay took the paper into her own hands despite being surrounded on all sides by males that kept asserting their opinions and not listening to hers. I couldn't stop cheering for her the more she stood her ground!
This movie carries the quick pace of a newsroom. Each new plot point sends you down an exciting rabbit hole of “what will they do now?!” keeping the audience on the tips of their toes throughout the entire thing.
There are times when it feels a bit like Oscar-bait, which is not surprising, but overall it’s a great movie with a fantastic message that people should be paying attention to.