Streep. Hanks. Spielberg. In the film world I’m not sure you could get a much stronger or beloved trio.
With them in mind you can expect a thoroughly well-acted and riveting story can’t you?
Erm…sort of. There is no denying that the performances on display are top draw, but if it weren’t for the caliber of acting this would be a pretty average film. Streep and Hanks, along with their strong supporting cast, force The Post to be a better film than it otherwise would be.
My attention was drifting, until the second half picks up and really starts to wind up the drama.
It’s an interesting real-life situation, and contains important lessons that are as critical to remember now as they were 40 years ago. Perhaps even more so. The freedom of the press to report the facts, regardless of the trouble it may cause, would be a big enough issue to contend with on it’s own. Add in the treatment of women as they become more empowered and you’ve got a film with a granite-like moral centre.
Hanks and Streep push these lessons forcefully, but despite an interesting set of real life events to build around, the first half of the film drags. My attention was drifting, until the second half picks up and really starts to wind up the drama.
By all means watch this film. There’s nothing wrong with it. I could watch Hanks and Streep’s back and forth all day long. Ultimately though The Post doesn’t feel special enough to warrant the fuss made about it,