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Movie Review: “The Post”

by Anika Udupa, Staff Writer

“The Post” will have you climbing a staircase of suspense until you finally reach the climax.

Directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, “The Post” is a drama and thriller film, with laughable hints of comedy. The film is based on the Pentagon Papers detailing the lies of the Vietnam War. Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) is the first female publisher of an important American newspaper, The Washington Post, and must decide whether to publish the news of the Pentagon Papers, which would involve her going head to head with the U.S. government. Graham and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) must choose to risk their careers, and their freedom to report on government secrets that took up three decades and four U.S. presidents.

The beginning of the movie starts off with The Washington Post competing with The New York Times.

The New York Times ends up publishing part of the secrets of the Pentagon Papers, but the government soon stops them from publishing more of the papers. The Washington Post is then left with the decision of publishing the Pentagon Papers, with people on both sides of the argument. The decision is left up to Graham, who hears everyone out and makes a choice.

The movie addresses the issue of gender inequality in the workplace. Graham had the courage to stand in a world dominated by men. The setting of the movie takes place in the early 1970s, and the wardrobes help complement the setting. The film also depicts typewriters, and other such gadgets to throw you into an early 1970s story.

The movie was nominated for six Golden Globes. Sadly, “The Post” did not win any of these six awards.   

Streep and Hanks acted beautifully to bring the story to life. In the storyline, other newspapers also joined The New York Times and The Washington Post by writing about the Pentagon Papers. The case of the press against the government reaches the Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court is left to decide the fate of the Pentagon Papers.

All in all, the important lesson of the movie is that journalists have the ability to challenge those in power with the freedom of the press.