The Post (2017): Film Review
Updated: Jul 23, 2020
I had no idea The Post was even a movie until I saw the first trailer at a movie. I was extremely surprised to see a Steven Spielberg movie that had no previous ads, and nothing to show itself to the world. I was even more surprised to see that Spielberg was releasing this film in such close proximity to his blockbuster action film, the film adaption of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One. It just seemed odd that a director who rarely makes films would release two films in the span of months, with completely different genres and plots. Spielberg had a lot of room to mess this process up, and butcher either of the films. But so far, with the help of Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg has just showed that he works even better under pressure. Because, although The Post starts off slow, it quickly steps up the pace and works its way to being a 2017 film to remember. The two hour film chronicles the key decision of The Washington Post to publish documents from classified files, stating how the USA lied to the country about many aspects of the Vietnam War. The film bounces between a publisher and journalist, which just strengthens the aspects and messages of the film. The audience witnesses a first-hand account of every key moment that went into this controversial, and life-changing decision that changed the face of this country. None of The Post would have been possible if not for the amazing cast ensemble, anchored by Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. The two have an amazing chemistry, and work extremely well together, just making the film even better. Hanks' shines in his role, and brings his real-life character to life on the silver screen. The film starts off at a rocky start, and is extremely slow for a period of time, but this all vanishes as the film starts to roll out. Suddenly, the film is full of non-stop entertainment, and the film works its way to being amazing. One of the greatest aspects of The Post is the fact that it is not a well-known story, which just makes it even more cliff-hanging and entertaining. Overall, The Post has its ups and downs, but it truly strengthened by it's terrific entertainment and electrifying performances, specifically from Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.