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THE POST (2017)


There is nothing wrong with The Post. It's a good movie about the Washington Post in the early 70s when the paper still wasn't quite sure what it really was, a hard-hitting national newspaper that rivaled the New York Times, or a strictly local publication that focused on D.C. and didn't make waves. Katherine Graham (Meryl Streep) is the publisher, left with the Post in her hands after her husband committed suicide. Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) is the gruff editor who strives to bring the Post to greatness. The moment of truth arrives for both when the New York Times, which has been scooping its competition with its exclusive access to the controversial and top secret Pentagon Papers, is temporarily stopped from continuing to publish them by a lower court. While they appeal the ruling, Post reporters have come up with a good bit of the papers in their own, and they're ready to publish. But a squadron of lawyers warn Graham that publishing them could endanger their stock offering (and the influx of money is needed) and thus the very existence of the paper. The scene where Streep is on the phone trying to decide what to do is a marvelous piece of acting. Despite not uttering a word, her face portrays the gamut of emotions as she desperately tries to figure it out is worth her Oscar nomination.

The Post says important things about the White House then - and now, attempting to censor journalists. A timely topic for today's climate. Yet the focus of the film does not feel maybe as cinematic as it should. There are a LOT of papers being read, rustled through, packed in boxes. But aside from Graham's dilemma, I don't feel there's enough conflict here to merit a full film. I also feel that Tom Hanks may be miscast as Bradlee. When he says to someone "what are you still doing in my office?" I don't feel the toughness, the fear. Sorry Tom, I love ya but this is not a great part for you. Jimmy Stewart would also have had a tough time conveying this.

So The Post is worth a look, but steer your expectations towards goodness, not greatness. 


TLA'S one word review: leisurely



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