In the summer of 1971, the Washington Post faces a historic dilemma: whether or not to publish the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret document that reveals the U.S. government knew for decades the Vietnam War was unwinnable. Executive editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) and publisher Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) debate the best course of action in this docudrama, which was directed by Steven Spielberg. Bruce Greenwood, Matthew Rhys, Bob Odenkirk, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sarah Paulson, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Alison Brie, Jesse Plemons, David Cross, Carrie Coon, and Zach Woods co-star.~Jack Rodgers
Arts & Entertainment: music for The Post
Stop the Presses: filming The Post
The Style Section: recreating an era
Tom HanksBen Bradlee
Meryl StreepKatharine Graham
Alison BrieLally Graham
Carrie CoonMeg Greenfield
David CrossHoward Simons
Bruce GreenwoodRobert McNamara
Tracy LettsFritz Beebe
Bob OdenkirkBen Bagdikian
Sarah PaulsonTony Bradlee
Jesse PlemonsRoger Clark
Matthew RhysDaniel Ellsberg
Michael StuhlbargAbe Rosenthal
Bradley WhitfordArthur Parsons
Zach WoodsAnthony Essaye
John RueGene Patterson
Philip CasnoffChalmers Roberts
Stark SandsDon Graham
Michael Cyril CreightonJake (Young Reporter)
Will DentonMichael (Runner)
Deirdre LovejoyDebbie Regan
Michael DevineCopy Chief
Jennifer DundasLiz Hylton
Deborah GreenAnn Marie Rosenthal
Gary WilmesPunch Sulzberger
Christopher InnvarJames Greenfield
Robert G. MckayNY Times Staffer
Sasha SpielbergWoman with Package
Dan BittnerGovernment Lawyer
Kristie Macosko KriegerProducer
Rick CarterProduction Designer
Deborah JensenArt Director
Kim JenningsArt Director
Adam SomnerExecutive Producer
Josh SingerExecutive Producer
Tim WhiteExecutive Producer
Trevor WhiteExecutive Producer
Ann RothCostume Designer
Gary RydstromSound/Sound Designer
Adam SomnerFirst Assistant Director
Christof GebertSound Mixer
Drew KuninSound Mixer
Andy NelsonRe-Recording Mixer
Brian ChumneySupervising Sound Editor
Edson WilliamsVisual Effects Supervisor
Gary RydstromRe-Recording Mixer
Jeremy Paul BowkerSound Effects Editor
Richard HymnsSupervising Sound Editor
Journalism [nf],Morality & Values [nf],Politics & Government [nf]
The Post is as much a movie as it is a strict documentation of a sequence of events that deal in something as fleeting as time and the importance man places upon the construct of time. Time, by all definitions, is a mental construct used to make sense of movement. There is a great sense of the collusion between time and movement in the latest from director Steven Spielberg and how what man has created to help maintain order can also spin us into the very midst of confusion as chaos is so often categorized. Simply by defining how long something has the potential to be powerful or life-changing we set ourselves up for large successes or failures. It is no surprise then that Spielberg focuses not on the passage of time or how this fleeting thing called life is formed against the backdrop of the time we just so happen to have been born into or exist within, but rather how time is what we do with it. What defines our lives and the time we are able to spend on this earth is not simply how we make it through one day to get to the next, but by the actions we take, the strides we make, and the deadlines we set for ourselves and either meet or don't. It's a thesis based on the hope that nobility is a prized possession in any viewer that sits down to take in history as told by the movies. This thesis of sorts is meant to both stir something deep within for the pride in one's country that allows for, "the press to serve the governed, not the governors," while at the same time utilizing this message to remind us all that history undoubtedly repeats itself. One would be remiss to go through a full discussion around The Post without mentioning its relevancy, but more so-its poignancy-in relation to the present state of the world and the leaders that are in power; utilizing their power for personal gain and favorable poll numbers rather than in the interest of world peace. Our present day is not the world the characters in The Post thought they were shaping or being bold enough to attempt to usher society into and while Spielberg makes no direct indication of his intent the opportunistic quality of the project is enough to suggest as much. It would be futile to not mention such obvious parallels and why this film in particular feels more like a product of today despite taking place forty-six years ago. This isn't a negative in terms of how it plays throughout the narrative either, but is more a return to this idea of time, time as a construct, and how it isn't a neat and tidy sequence of events one can always apply a narrative to, but something that is forever reminding us, the human race, what we must do and what values we must continue to uphold in order to ensure our continued survival. The Post may not exactly be a revelatory piece of work, but it is certainly a direct and not so gentle reminder there has to be examples of the best of us in the worst of times.
The Post, a reminder that journalism still matters
Owned for 5 months when reviewed.
Sometimes, the highest of quality journalism requires taking time to do more thorough work and being worried about getting beaten by "the competition." It's also another key reminder that a free press still matters.
The Post marvelously hits on both points.
Purchased at a great price when I saw it was available. Husband enjoyed watching this on tv and now can enjoy watching it at any time!
As always Best Buy has the best prices on a vast amount of great movies available including Blue Ray/DVD and digital copies!
This is a great period film with a great cast. The story is really good and the pacing is very strong. I liked the visual style and costumes, I wasn't born when this happened but it felt real and lived in. Fat Tom Hanks is fun, really enjoyable for all audiences.
The Post is an incredible movie about how the Washington Post story was breaking news during the Nixon administration. It takes you back to the 1960's when the investigation began due to leaked information regarding a break-in at the Watergate towers that led to the President's resignation.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Top ten of the year
Owned for more than 2 years when reviewed.
Spielberg, Streep, and Hanks bring their A game to this fantastic story that is a poignant today as back when the events actually happened. John Williams score is amazing and as usual top notch.