Spielberg Does It… Again. In what one could assume might be a talky, preachy snoozefest given the thick subject matter, The Post verifies once again that Steven Spielberg can convert any subject into thriller-level cinema.
The Post is about the release of the Pentagon Papers, a secret study that verified that policy makers knew the Vietnam War was a bad idea, by The New York Times and then The Washington Post.
It was predictable that the involvement of Meryl Streep (as Kay Graham) and Tom Hanks (as Ben Bradlee) was likely to result in a good movie. But what leads to something great, and in many places perfect, is the supporting cast.
Several supporting cast members, including Bob Odenkirk (as Washington Post reporter Ben Bagdikian), Bruce Greenwood (as Robert Robert McNamara), and Michael Stuhlbarg (as A.M. Rosenthal) needed to have more scenes though the scenes the are in are perfect.
Former West Wing cast member Bradley Whitford had more than enough scenes as one of the few composite characters in the movie and was excellent, even though audiences likely wanted to hear from his character a lot less.
Spielberg takes the audience through the details of what it was to get a newspaper printed and out the door to a newstand or a front door in the 1970s. He also makes what happened with the Pentagon Papers legal saga into a jarring contemporary commentary about Donald Trump’s hatred of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The Post reaffirms journalism, the power of information and the importance of challenging authority.