A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events.
The Post is an inspirational reminder of the importance of a free press while unabashedly making journalism look like the most awesome job ever - akin to what Raiders of the Lost Ark did for archaeology.
Spielberg is now 70 but has scarcely lost a step; The Post possesses the same energy and vigor as the films he made decades ago.
The beauty of Streep s performance (and it s one of her best in years) is how she lets you see her grow into the responsibility of her position. She elevates The Post from being a First Amendment story to a feminist one, too.
Pulses ahead like a detective yarn for news junkies, one that crackles with present-day parallels.
Offers suspense and rich characterizations to an all too timely examination of the importance of a free press and of the constant obligation to speak truth to power.
It makes for a supremely gripping story - filled with government secrets, meetings in dark rooms, late-night shouting matches and a race against the clock, all framed against a group of dogged professionals doing their job ...
Remarkably, The Post manages to trace all of these angles and to plunge deeply into several. More than that, it gets the big picture right and a lot of the details, too.
A pile of muck (old muck, too) with no rake, Steven Spielberg s National Board Of Review-approved Nixon-era newspaper drama The Post lacks the exact thing it glorifies: a reporter s instinct for story.
There s topical, there s timely, and then there s The Post, which feels less like a historical thriller set in 1971 than it does an exhilarating caricature of the year 2017.
It s a joy to see Streep and Hanks play together, big movie stars locked into each other s fields of gravity.