Spielberg finally became a feminist. Meryl was well deserving of her Oscar nom. She outshines every guy in every scene she is in. What a bawss. She walks tired, the way she wakes up all of a sudden. What a pro! She puts Hanks in a corner. The only actor who rivals with her his Tracy Letts and...Bruce Greenwood. The way she shuts down Greenwood, then Bradley Whitford is one for the books='mother is talking now, STFU'▽
If it wasn't for some Spielbergian mawkishness that creeps into the final reel this politically charged allegory might have ranked amongst the director's best work. Technically the film is a marvel with its time period and archaic technology intrinsically captured as is the faded notion of ethics in reporting and holding elected officials accountable. Streep proves her reputation is warranted once again with a ...
Spielberg's The Post is a naive and arthritic film that rewrites history and ignores the real story of the Pentagon Papers. Spielberg, as usual, misses the forest for the trees. Now a billionaire, Spielberg can't see that the true story is one about the journalists who risked everything to find and get the story rather than the CEOs and bosses who have a moral crisis on whether or not to do their jobs.
A perfect cap to Spielberg's "Civics Trilogy" that started with Lincoln and Bridge of Spies. One of the few depictions of female pragmatism in 2017 that doesn't come off as patronizing or self-congratulatory. The oners and the use of giant movie stars talking to each other as a spectacle unto itself shows a Spielberg who's as energetic as ever, and I'd be happy if he stuck to drama for the remainder of his career.
There’s something ironic about the whole film’s timeliness, in today’s post-truth world of hyperbolic clickbait and echo-chambers. This was back in the day when the printed word meant more, and could unite people, change minds, and send those in power running for cover. In many ways, counter-culture has come back around to bite its own tail. Slick and stately if not spectacular.
Digital. Streep and Hanks do their usual "method speech," by which i don't care at all and the beginning at the Vietnam War is involuntary dummy. But as the film unfolds, spreading through various characters and gains a political discourse on the edge of today, the emotional manipulation acquires consistency and we have a film similar to his previous "Lincoln": a reflexive hagiography.
This is definitely an important film for everyone to see due to the relevancy to our times when the press is attacked for doing its duty to the public. Speilberg crafts a solid film here that definitely inspires and he also lets Streep and Hanks run free with the material that shows that the press and the government should work for the people, not for themselves. Also this was an odd place for a Mr. Show reunion.
The cynic might well stoop to calling THE POST calculated, but to my mind it is simply seriously timely cultural product and a rousing rallying point. (It gets down to business on more than one front.) I hated Spielberg as a jaded punk kid, but oh how I esteem what he is doing now. This may look like Alan J. Pakula but it has the mythopoetic mien of John Ford. And ex-journo Sam Fuller would definitely applaud.