It’s 1971 and American troops, after two years, are still fighting and dying in the seemingly extra-terrestrial Vietnam jungles. So how would you feel if you discovered that they were fighting a losing battle, and that those who sent them there had known all along?
This is exactly the story told by Hollywood heavyweight Steven Spielberg’s latest film, ‘The Post’, starring fan favourites Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. The film follows Kay Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of The Washington Post, as she works with editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) to push the newspaper into a league of its own. As secrets begin to emerge around defence efforts in Vietnam, Graham and Bradlee are offered a chance to cover a story that would gain them instant advantage. However, revealing long-kept government secrets could also pull the paper into a spiral of sabotage from the White House. It is a story of faith, freedom and the right to share the truth with those who deserve it.
Kay Graham is elegantly portrayed by Streep, who yet again shows her aptitude for balance via both the softness and determination of a resolute female character. Graham’s arc from mild and lenient to staunch industry heavyweight is portrayed with subtlety and depth. Hanks should also be commended for his performance as the ferocious and insistent Ben Bradlee, whose frustrations leap from the screen.
Spielberg as a director has excelled to new heights. The film as a whole is beautiful and cohesive, from font choice to nuanced camera angles that include you in the action and that allow this film to stand apart from others this season. Additionally, the score by John Williams adds even more to the enthralling nature of the storyline. The combination of thrilling music and fast-paced shots will keep you on the edge of your seat.
‘The Post’ is one that will not leave you bored at any moment, and may even turn you into a government conspirer.