By Josh McQueen
Current Rotten Tomato Score: 88%
Cast: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Carrie Coon, Ed Greenwood
Director: Steven Spielberg
In today’s climate of fake news and political corruption, The Post, Academy Award nominee for Best Picture, preserves a moment in time where journalists were not afraid to tell the story that needed to be told.
Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski does amazing work by setting the tone and aesthetics of each scene. His choice of color, lighting and photography enhance The Post considerably.
John Williams is undoubtedly synonymous with some of the most iconic themes in cinema.
Though the music here is a bit more subdued than say an Indiana Jones or Jaws, The Post is no different in its delivery. From the subtle tones underlining pivotal scenes, to somber themes in the opening shots, the soundtrack becomes a character in every right.
The stars of this movie do shine and do they ever shine bright.
Meryl Streep, nominee for an Academy Award for Best Actress, as Kay Graham translates from the screen as an endearing personality with genuine idiosyncrasies and uncertainties.
She has a quality that audiences will develop a personal stake in due to Meryl Streep’s top notch performance. She is simply amazing.
Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee pulls off a flawless portrayal as the Editor and Chief of the Washington Post in 1971.
Some may know Bob Odenkirk from his role in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, but in this film he accurately portrays the journalist Ben Bagdikian who is responsible for uncovering highly sensitive information. There’s not one performance that’s out of place or one moment of implausibility.
For a movie plot that is already a part of American history, The Post places the audience in a rare space. It arouses a surprising range of emotions, teaches a much needed lesson of journalistic integrity and, most of all, inspires the viewer.
It secures itself in the vein of exceptional journalistic movies such as Spotlight and All the President’s Men.