Release Date: January 12, 2018
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Liz Hannah, Josh Singer
Cast: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Matthew Rhys, Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, Jesse Plemons, David Cross, Zach Woods, Pat Healy, John Rue, Rick Holmes, Philip Casnoff, Jessie Mueller, Stark Sands, Michael Cyril Creighton, Will Denton, Deirdre Lovejoy, Michael Devine, Kelly Miller, Jennifer Dundas, Austyn Johnson, Brent Langdon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Deborah Green, Gary Wilmes, Christopher Innvar, Luke Slattery
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 116 minutes
Production Company: Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks, Participant Media, Pascal Pictures, Star Thrower Entertainment, River Road Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Budget: $50,000,000 (estimated)
Writer and Director Steven Spielberg is at it again with another Oscar-worthy film and is another example of how there's no type of film this man can't produce. With him teaming up with legends like Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, it’s pretty much a given on the quality of his film The Post, and it’s nearly obvious to say so.
The Post centers on freedom of the press and whether or not The Washington Post will move forward with secrets the government may want to keep under wraps. If you didn’t know any better, you may ask yourself what’s the big deal about all the inner working for a known newspaper, but it’s Spielberg that brings that all to life. The way he uses the camera in office scenes is just as enticing as the latest high caliber action movie. There’s suspense with the camera as it weaves in and out of desks following cast members as they frantically run around trying to meet a deadline.
Some of the still shots speak volumes as well, showing a man at a phone booth having simple conversations, but the surrounding environment feels like a moving painting. The pacing is top notch too, as you're hearing all the dialogue being shot back and forth from the cast, you're eager to know what snappy line is waiting right around the corner.
The film also focused enough on the character as we see Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) transition from a timid woman towards the end of the film, to one that stands her ground on what she believes in. Seeing her emote with her younger daughter on the important things in life was the transition of her role to the next level that again may warrant her for another award during awards season. And Tom Hanks too, as he plays Ben Bradlee, a man angry most of the time but rightfully so, that lets out his frustrations in the office, but is still able to be a great husband to his wife when he comes home.
There’s nothing but greatness throughout the post ranging from the direction, acting, and invigorating pacing of the film with its race against time to beat the clock. It knows where to focus its heavy attention on, and knows what aspects to brush over, with voice over from the late President Richard Nixon. The Post is a remarkable film that shines a unique perspective on important moments in history and deserves all the praise it sure will receive.