So I saw The Post last night. I was not amazingly excited about it. It has garnered some Oscar buzz, but it was not a movie that has had a ton of attention the last few months. However, with Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks being directed by Steven Spielberg, I figured it would be solid.
Let me start by saying the acting was definitely on point. Meryl Streep was especially strong. The rest of the cast was solid as well, but I really feel like Streep stood out. Hanks was good, but seemed a bit too much like Tom Hanks to me.
Sadly I wasn’t in love with the movie itself. The story simply didn’t seem all that interesting to me. Don’t read the next few sentences if you don’t like any spoilers. The story is about the Pentagon Papers and whether or not newspapers have the right to print classified information. The problem I had was that a big portion of the film, and the main drama of the film, was dedicated to the decision by The Washington Post of whether or not they should print these stories. I didn’t know much about this true story, but I knew they would print the stories because otherwise there would have been no movie. And much of the “drama” about printing these stories was the idea that printing them would destroy the newspaper. Obviously we know that’s not the case since it is still around today.
The thing that upset me was that there did seem to be a pretty fascinating story in there somewhere. I would have loved to have learned more about what was in these classified documents. I would have loved to have known more about why the guy decided to steal these documents and why he waited 5 years to try and have them published. I would have also loved to have learned more about the aftermath of what happened after these reports were printed. What happened to the editor? What happened to the guy who stole the reports? What happened to the woman who owned the newspaper and was trying to take the company public right as all of this was going on? Sadly, we didn’t get much of any details about any of this.
I would still not tell people not to see this movie. The acting is worth seeing and it’s a story that gets you interested enough to want to learn more about the entire story. I just wish it had dug a little deeper.
FINAL SCORE: 65