Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks re-team once more to bring us The Post, which portrays the true story of journalists from The Washington Post who uncover the conspiracy of undisclosed information that was never revealed to the public concerning the Vietnam War. The film is done in the same style as films like All The President’s Men and Spotlight and Spielberg once again delivers us a terrific movie with powerhouse performances.
Tom Hanks is once again amazing in this film and it’s absolutely wonderful to see him with Meryl Streep, for the first time, which is surprising, considering how many movies they’ve done. Both are Oscar Worthy here and their characters are nuanced and easy to latch on too. They don’t have much backstories to them but the way Hanks and Streep plays their characters you don’t need to know much about them to care. They do a magnificent job in this movie and there’s a huge chance that at least both will be nominated for this film and Streep has a big chance to win.
The supporting cast is terrific as well. Bob Odenkirk, Jesse Plemons (Both from Breaking Bad), Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story), Carrie Coon (The Leftovers), Allison Brie and David Cross are all superb in this film and Steven Spielberg is the kind of filmmaker who knows how to elevate the performances from his actors and everyone is top notched in this film. The soundtrack composed by John Williams is beautiful and of course it is, it’s composed by John Williams for goodness sake.
The story behind this is intriguing and it makes you think about what other conspiracies that the U.S. Government has been hiding from us (I wouldn’t be surprised if everything we are lead to believe is a lie) or how many of our history was fabricated by powerful men and women. These conspiracy theories are not as farfetched as one might think and movies like these where reporters find out the truth and risk everything to bring it to the light.
As for flaws, the first twenty minutes or so are bit uneventful and you do sort of wonder where the plot is going. But they needed to be there and looking back on the film they feel absolutely necessary.
Overall, The Post is another great film by filmmaker Steven Spielberg and is elevated by fantastic performances from Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.