The Post is an powerful film detailing the true story of Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), and their efforts to expose the government for a massive cover up spanning three decades of military secrets in order to keep the Vietnam war going. The two are forced to possibly risk their careers and their livelihood just to bring the truth to the public when The New York Post is forced to stop publishing they are left not knowing what to do.
Streep and Hanks are flawless as usual, and their performances really help lift the entire film around them. Scenes that may seem a bit dull or too heavy on the dialogue are brought to life by the emotions Streep is able to portray. Along with these two Spielberg was able to bring plenty of other fantastic actors into this film Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Tracy Letts, and Bruce Greenwood just to name a few. Spielberg is a master storyteller, somehow making it feel so traditional yet fresh and new at the same time. His use of the newsroom is fantastic, sometimes using a hand camera to make the pacing feel so much more frantic. Every step of the way is a time crunch for these characters and Spielberg does a fantastic job of showing it.
Much of what is going on in the film also feels very relevant to the world now, Katherine Graham being the first female reporter, she is thrown into a world surrounded by men. It is made clear that many viewed her as a powerful figure in the womens rights movement. Whether she directly took part in this I am not sure, but it is clear that many looked up to her and what she did. Along with that there is so called fake news, which some boisterous tweeters like to accuse everyone in the news industry of reporting. It just does not feel coincidental that this story was told now rather than years earlier. The Post is a triumph in storytelling and a story that changed the world as we know it.