The Post Review

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Steven Spielberg quite possibly is one of the greatest directors ever. But unlike other directors that have been working for decades, his quality of films has been more hits than misses. Unfortunately, Spielberg really hasn’t made a compelling film since Munich. Mind you, Bridge of Spies is good but it’s certainly not one of his best. However, in a short amount of time Spielberg directs a period film that may be one of the most important films of the year. There’s no denying the importance of et is The Post’s subject matter but is it a film that’s good?

Thankfully, despite a short production time, Spielberg delivers in what may be his best film in the last 5 years.

The Post follows Kay Graham and Ben Bradlee as they join in the unprecedented battle between journalism and the government over the publication of the “Pentagon Papers”.

The Post - Tom Hanks & Meryl Streep

With what’s been going on in our world today, The Post has never been more relevant. It’s also one of the best films of the year. What The Post has going for it is its perfect storm of filmmakers and talent. First, the screenplay by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer features some compelling dialogue for the film’s characters. Not only do the main characters have engaging arcs but the supporting characters do too. In addition, everyone’s dynamic is great—especially when it comes to film’s major conflict. Of course, you can expect this type of dialogue from the writer of Spotlight.

But what brought it all together is Steven Spielberg. The Post is easily Spielberg’s best film since Munich. Even though the film starts slow, the pace picks up when the stakes rise exponentially. When the film gets up to this point, it grabs a hold of you and doesn’t let go.
Not to mention, the film has the look and feel of the era. Every costume, location, and hairstyle just screams early 70s. You can attribute that to the attention to detail that Spielberg implements in all of his films.

Additionally, Janusz Kaminski’s cinematography implements a lot of the style seen in films of the era. It’s kind of ironic to see the effort put in to recreate the 60s when the subject matter is extremely relevant today.

The Post - Tom Hanks & Bob Odenkirk

Lastly, the thing that makes the whole Post engine run is its impeccable cast. Chief among them is Meryl Streep as Kay Graham. Of course, we should be used to Streep’s acting ability already. Kay Graham easily goes through the most of everyone else. So it only makes sense that someone with her ability should play her. Streep brings such elegance and emotion to the character.

Equally important to the film is Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee. Although the character’s a bit on the one-dimensional side, Hanks does a phenomenal job playing the character. He’s is fierce, earnest, and bold in the role. All in all, it’s quite a treat to see Hanks and Streep act alongside each other.

Bob Odenkirk also shines in his supporting role as Ben Bagdikian. Even though his role is of the supportive kind, he has the most important role in the entire film. You won’t think of him as Saul Goodman at all here. As for the rest of The Washington Post crew, their dynamic together is entertaining to watch.

Overall, The Post is the favorite to win Best Picture in next year’s Oscars. The film is thought-provoking, gripping, and best of all, it’s inspiring . As I said many times now, the film is extremely relevant to current political events. This is the type of film that’ll make you believe that you can win despite the massive odds against you. We need these films now more than ever. We should be grateful that Spielberg delivered.

Rating: 5/5 atoms

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