“The Post” Review ✦✦✧✧✧

20 January, 2018

Director: Steven Spielberg
Screenwriters: Liz HannahJosh Singer
Director of Photography: Janusz Kaminski
Meryl StreepTom HanksSarah Paulson

Synopsis: The story of how The Washington Post established itself as a major American newspaper while exposing a government cover-up involving the Vietnam War.

The Post Review:

The ultimate Oscar bait cupcake set during a forgotten era of civil unrest, “The Post” pats itself on the back more times than it chooses a decent outfit, giving audiences the complete Academy Award checklist with the perfect cast, subject matter, and socio-political standpoint to enter it into the awards raffle. Opportunistic with its anti-government rhetoric and insistent yo-yo feminism, the film rewrites history to play to a modern audience, caring less about a futile war across the Pacific than it does for reworked notions of empathy, conspiracy, and professional empowerment.

Devising an overly-conscious period piece with a frumpy appearance, Spielberg shows his age from behind the camera, presenting the cinematic equivalent to a knitted sweater with crocs in a film with a dreadfully dull, tunnel vision view of the past. Factually accurate where necessary but conveniently blindsided by the opportunity to manufacture another Meryl Streep nominations movie, “The Post” feigns the importance of its female lead, patchworking an indecisive Kay Graham into the story and undercutting her real-life likeability with Streep’s usual drawl and bawl performance.

More cinematically suitable than “Spotlight” but made with a similar disregard for dynamic storytelling, “The Post” excels only in the prelude to the printing press, finding its feet with smuggled documents, lemonade stands, and payphones while Tom Hanks and Bob Odenkirk share the weight of the film’s most memorable scenes. Eating sandwiches and sifting through heaps of unorganised papers, the Post’s research team become the heart and soul of the story, giving viewers an excuse to keep one eye open before napping through Streep’s gratuitous decision sequences.


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