“The Post”: A review

Written by: Jacob Knoop
Recently 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks Entertainment released “The Post”, a narrative about the events leading up to, and after the Pentagon Papers were released by The Washington Post. Tom Hanks plays Ben Bradlee, the executive editor of The Washington Post, Meryl Streep plays Katherine Graham, the female publisher of the paper, and actor/comedian Bob Odenkirk plays Ben Bagdikian, a key reporter for the release of the Pentagon Papers.

For the one-hour-and-56-minute run of “The Post”, I was transported to 1970s Washington D.C. . The cars, way of speaking, the clothes, and especially the newsrooms are all reminiscent of the golden age of journalism we have seen before in films like “All the President’s Men” and “Frost/Nixon”. Steven Spielberg does an amazing job as director. He somehow turns a story you may expect to find somewhat dull and intensifies it. Throughout the movie I was held in suspense, waiting to see what the characters would do next.

One of my favorite parts of the movie is the acting. Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep give marvelous performances, as we see Graham go from a woman being pushed around by male investors, to taking over the company and making decisions for herself. One of the characters that found most compelling was Odenkirk’s portrayal of Bagdikian. Bagdikian is the writer who discovers the lead that ends up being the reason The Washington Post receives The Pentagon Papers. Odenkirk does an incredible job at portraying a dedicated reporter, and the emotions that rush through a reporter when they come through with a huge story.

All-in-all, “The Post” is a great film about the presses’ right to print, and a flashback to the Golden Age of journalism. A time where people trusted the news and the news didn’t trust anybody. With excellent performances, amazing directing, and profound messages, “The Post” is a must-see.

About editor