Steven Spielberg offers us a new historical drama based on real events that radically departs from the classic Spielbergian style to which we are accustomed. Unlike Bridge of Spies and Lincoln, The Post uses a more realistic approach, with a camera in constant movement that closely follows the footsteps of its protagonists, and without the need to enlarge key moments with deafening accompaniment melodies. This greatly helps the story, located in the early seventies, feel current and relevant to the times currently lived in American politics.
A series of secret Pentagon archives is filtered through The New York Times. These documents contain confidential information that states that the United States government knew, for years, about the failure of the war in Vietnam but that despite this, they decided to continue investing in this war without taking into account the enormous amount of human losses. Immediately, President Nixon puts a stop to the publication of national coverage by taking them to the highest court on charges of treason.
That’s when Kay Graham (Meryl Streep), socialite and owner of The Washington Post, must make a decision that could change not only the fate of the company, but also that of the entire nation. Under his command is the editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) who together with his team of reporters seek to assert their right to freedom of expression, despite the climate of repression in which the media live.
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The Post couldn’t have come at a better time given the current situation in the United States. A reality in which the president of the country has been responsible for discrediting the journalistic quality and, above all, the veracity of the media for the simple fact of exposing the truth and opposing their ideals. The Post is a tribute to the heroes of yesterday and today, of those who fight tirelessly and who put their own lives at risk, in order to remove the blindfold from our eyes and finally observe what is real. It is a work that defends the freedom of expression, and that through a history of the past, invites us to raise our voice in order to avoid that great tragedies are repeated.
The film also shines thanks to the exalted work of its protagonists: Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Both give chair acting and demonstrate why they are two of the greatest figures in Hollywood. However, it is Meryl Streep who with a very measured interpretation manages to steal the tape. The actress plays a wealthy society lady who inherits the family business, and who despite not having the experience necessary to manage the company, decides to arm themselves with courage and face patriarchy. A character who manages to overcome their conflicts in order to forge their leadership, finding their own voice and earning their rightful place in a tyrant world controlled by men. Bob Odenkirk, who will be recognized from the television series Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, also provides a solid performance as one of the journalists who decides to go to the bottom of the matter regardless of the consequences. Sarah Paulson, Tracy Letts, and Matthew Rhys complement the masterful cast of the film.
While this year has brought us excellent proposals through the seventh art, none like The Post has managed to convey a message of great urgency and relevance. It is a necessary and well-done production that shows us the way to counter-arrest the current problems: supporting the institutions and the people who work in them, and those who have dedicated their careers in favor of truth and ethics, instead to trust, share and encourage groups that are dedicated to distorting the facts using the power of social networks. That is why The Post begins to position itself as the favorite of the awards season, as it is impossible to hide its importance both nationally and internationally. Undoubtedly, Steven Spielberg shows that he is still one of the most important filmmakers in the film industry, offering us his most important film since Saving Private Ryan.