829. The Post

Title: The Post
Director: Steven Spielberg
Year: 2017
Run time: 1hr 56m

“Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks share the screen for the first time in Steven Spielberg’s THE POST, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female published of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradley (Hanks), as they race against time to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light.”

Live blog

1:52 – Never heard anyone say “he’s observing” with such disdain before.
3:36 – Oh my god, I hate to say it, but this is just like Forrest Gump.
5:10 – Pulling that curtain, that’ll give them some privacy.
9:24 – Trying to concentrate but distracted by ye olde photocopier.
13:04 – I like that she’s a bit clumsy.
13:57 – Interesting that reporters can keep track of who is on to something by how much output they are producing.
16:10 – “We can’t have an administration dictating to us our coverage just because they don’t like what we print about them in our newspaper.” JA.
26:16 – You always have to read the small print.
27:38 – Do these newspaper buildings still exist? They all seem really iconic.
30:10 – Bleurgh, the women going in the other room while the men talk shop. BLEURGH.
37:00 – “Finding a source is like finding a needle in a haystack.”
50:06 – I mean, I don’t get her attitude but he probs shouldn’t be lying to her.
54:33 – It takes so long to dial on the old phones!
56:55 – 70%!!
1:02:24 – “We have to hold them accountable, I mean, my god, who will?”
1:11:16 – Really liking Tom Hanks’s confident character here.
1:15:06 – I’m wrong, the lemonade kid is the best one!
1:18:46 – “The only way to assert the right to publish is to publish.”
1:21:23 – Loving how the proof reader just dives right in.
1:32:15 – Loving the printing press stuff.
1:42:09 – It’s the rebellion! YEAH!
1:46:58 – “The press was to serve the governed, not the governors.”

Conclusions

Really interesting film, this one, and yet another movie that gives me plenty of lessons in history to shore up my woeful store of knowledge. You can’t go wrong with Hanks and Streep, they were both excellent in their roles that showed very different sides to the newspaper industry and how they converged to fight the good fight for the free press.

I did think the pacing of the story dragged in places, but there were fun moments that kept things lighter than they otherwise would have been (the lemonade kid for one). For the most part, I just thought it was a really interesting story that told of how those in power want one thing, and those that aren’t want to make sure they are being told the truth. The juxtaposition of Streep’s character wanting to have dinner with everyone as opposed to Hanks’ guy wanting to report on them all was a fascinating one to behold.

Great film, perhaps not perfect, but served to pique my interest in another historical adventure that I otherwise would not really have known much about.

Rating: 4/5.