We are a movie buff family, we love to watch old, new, international, local all kinds of movies. Recently I watched one of my favorite director Stephen Speilberg’s star-studded movie The Post and got totally spellbound by it. Here go my thoughts on the movie.
Movie- The Post Directed by-Steven Spielberg Produced by- Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Amy Pascal Written by- Liz Hannah, Josh Singer
Starring- Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts.
The Post is a political drama, telling about an era where twitters and social media were non-existent and newspapers were going through an awakening period where they began to realize their importance as a reliable source for the national and foreign news. This was the era when newspapers could start an uprising, open up people’s mind, even able to expose corrupt politics in front of the nation. The film tells us about the revelations of the Pentagon Papers. It tells about how a newspaper which was used to toe the party line, just became aware of the policial conspiracies, their responsibilities and how they started to fight for the right to publish the authentic news.
This movie is taking us to a most disturbing period of America, Kennedy was assassinated, the Vietnam war is going on for 6 years, people wanted answers, they wanted to end the war, they wanted their boys back from the war. It was early 1966 when State Department military analyst Daniel Ellsberg (Matthew Rhys, BTW catch him in The Americans, streaming on Amazon Prime videos) found no progress in theVietnam war, in fact, it was a hopeless situation for the American soldiers, the troops were also getting restless to come back home. But he got shocked to see that after conveying about this bad war situation to the Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, the government was trying to cover the war facts from the people. McNamara told the press that the news from war zone was in favor to Americans. Ellsberg got suspicious. After some time of this incident, in 1971, when Ellsberg was working as a civilian military contractor in RAND corporation, he was able to leak the documents on the Vietnam War to reporters at The New York Times. And from that moment the movie entered to the gripping newspaper drama. All that suspense, the secret messenger, spying on each other’s agency, the competition between The New York Times and The Washington Post, all came to life. Gradually Speilberg set the tension, treated each individual with a different motive, the plot gets complicated yet entertaining. Will the confidential documents be released by the press? which newspaper will get the first chance to this papers? Will president Nixon act against it or will he try to shut it? All these uncertainties carry until the end of the movie. Besides all these suspense, all the characters of the movie did outstanding acting. Meryl Streep as Katharine (Kay) Graham was splendid. Katherine had taken over her late husband’s place as a publisher but was not accepted as the head of The Washington Post newspaper. Meryl Streep’s acting was beautiful while portraying Katharine’s emotional journey. People think Kay was seating on the thorn where a man was supposed to seat. But her father and husband’s legacy had to continue. So she stepped in, she acted like an owner should act, suddenly she realized the time has come when she should take some bold decisions, but those decisions can make her newspaper business go into bankruptcy, her reputation could be at stake, her employees and friend’s future might be in great danger. And if she took the steps then she could tell the truth to the nation. People should know the truth, it’s the right of the people and its the right of the newspaper to show the facts to the commons. The newspaper must gain their control. They must become the authentic source of all news. And she did it, her publications changed the history of the American newspaper. Once that was a little spark now became a wildfire. Every newspaper followed her lead, The Washington Post was not just a local newspaper anymore. Katherine Graham was a true inspiration for the other ladies and so is Meryl Streep. Tom Hanks is brilliant as ever. His looks, his headstrong attitudes, his determination everything was so perfect. He gave full justice to his role. Tom Hanks played the role Post editor Ben Bagdikian. Once who was very friendly to the former president now became a true journalist. Always striving for the truth, curious about the new conspiracy discoveries, and loyal to his newspaper. Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep’s rebellious attitudes were very intriguing. Overall, The Post is Spielberg’s one of the finest creation. You will surely like the newsroom drama and the gripping political conspiracy, even if you don’t have much interest or enough knowledge in politics(like me). This movie is a very thrilling experience for me, I would have never thought that a period political drama could be so interesting. It’s a must watch, I would like to watch it again just to connect the dots one more time, the sensitive government papers leaks, the newspapers fight for the right to publishing the corruption, Katharine’s own battle for freedom as a woman and the power play of the White House, everything is worth to watch over and over again.
I was told that The Post is the prequel to the famous Oscar-winning movie All The President’s Men,1976, eager to watch this one also, really can’t get over with the political conspiracies.
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