Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are brilliant in Spielberg's news drama


Just days after Sunday's Golden Globes, which saw supporters of the Time's Up movement wearing all-black dress code, Meryl joined actors and filmmakers including her The Post co-star Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, and Get Out director Jordan Peele at the ceremony held at the Cipriani 42nd Street in NY on Tuesday evening. Everything about the film feels weirdly familiar today. The report commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara (Bruce Greenwood) revealed that five administrations had lied about US prospects for victory in Vietnam. But as the Post gets ready to print what it has, a new wrinkle develops: A federal judge, at the request of Nixon (who is heard throughout the movie via Tricky Dick's own secret tapes), orders the Times to cease publication of its Pentagon Papers stories - the first time a government body has stopped a news outlet before it printed something.

Should the Post reveal that damning information to the public? While the momentous choice they made is familiar, the struggles behind the scenes make an absorbing drama and an intelligent history lesson. The story emphasizes the low-tech leg-work of reporting in the pre-internet era, particularly as reporter Ben Bagdikian (Bob Odenkirk) tries to verify his suspicion that Ellsberg is the source of the Pentagon Papers leak. On the one hand, there's the procedural story of reporters uncovering a far-reaching scandal, which is right in the wheelhouse of co-screenwriter and Spotlight Oscar-winner Josh Singer.

He was an irascible alpha male, amiable and warm when he chose to be but a swashbuckling commander in his heart of hearts.

As you might expect, some people will see parallels with the current White House, which derides the Post and other newspapers and networks as purveyors of fake news. People were too cowed by him to disobey. And even as Katherine sips wine with Abe Rosenthal, managing editor of the Times, she also has one eye on her competition. Graham, meanwhile, faced enormous pressure from her board of directors who did not want the paper to publish the papers.

"Well she's certainly raising the bar for whomever decides to run, because they better burn the barn the same way, because it's just we realize how thirsty we are for that sort of return to a passionate adherence to our values and principles to our country".

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We've seen a lot of iterations of Steven Spielberg, from Sci-Fi Spielberg (Minority Report, War of the Worlds) to Prestige Spielberg (Schindler's List, Lincoln) to Middlebrow Schmaltz Spielberg (The Terminal, War Horse). Here he's not aiming to be artistically bold or visually striking but to create a strongly emotional feminist saga. Bradlee and Graham clash, but there is a foundation of respect there too, and it is a joy to watch Hanks and Streep share the screen. Moment by moment and gesture by gesture, she masterfully moves Graham toward emerging confidence in a time of national crisis. With a slew of Academy Awards nominations likely on the horizon, The Post is one hell of a way to kick off a career.

"I love men", Streep started.

But she did take a moment to say: "I think the movie really did meet its moment in time, and time's up, let's go girls". "Immediately I though Sully, Bridge of Spies, because those are the most recent ones", Streep answered, after taking some time to think about it.

Streep has been a prominent voice regarding gender equality in Hollywood following the fallout of disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein, who distributed numerous films of Streep's.