Brilliantly observed and timely.
Nutshell: Steven Speilberg’s latest outing with Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in the starring roles, is probably more important than we think. What with Trump’s constant attacks on the “fake news” media and the fight for women’s equality in the spotlight, The Post, shows how far, we haven’t come since the 70s.
The film focuses a moment in The Washington Post‘s history where it was published by a woman, Katherine Graham (Meryl Streep). She was and still is, one of the very few women of power in media. Watch Meryl talk about her character in The Post. When we look out at media ownership in the 20-teens, nothing much has changed in the 40 or so years that have passed. She successfully and bravely decided to publish articles about the Pentagon Papers, documents which described successive US Government’s dishonesty about the Vietnam War. The decision would ultimately lead to President Nixon barring The Washington Post from entering the White House ever again, which only hardened their resolve to hold power accountable.
Running Time: 116 minutes
THEGAYUK Factor: It’s all about Meryl in this movie, once again proving that she is one of Hollywood’s most influential players. Streep plays Graham with sturdy fallibility – which is quite an achievement. There are moments of the Iron Lady, mixed with Miranda Priestly, with a mix of fragility.
Cast: Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Sarah Paulson
Key Players: The dream team of Steven Spielberg working with Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.
Budget: Rumoured to be $50,000,000. This is a grower, not a shower. Opened to a limited release in the US late last year, with under $600,000 in receipts. So far it has grossed over $33,000,000 in the US, and with it opening worldwide this week, we expect this film to make a good little profit for the studios.
Best Bit: When Katherine Graham makes one of the most difficult decision to publish, Meryl’s acting positively seeps from every pore. Plus the end scene, it’s not a spoiler because The Washington Post‘s involvement in “Watergate” is well known, is a brilliant piece of timing and comedy.
Worst Bit: The way in which “the men in charge” would talk about their female boss, in earshot.
Little Secret: Having never worked with Speilberg, Meryl Streep was apparently “flabbergasted” that he never rehearses with his actors.
Further Viewing: All The President’s Men, Frost/Nixon, CitizenFour