The Post (2017)

  • Time: 115 min
  • Genre: Biography | Drama | History
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Alison Brie, Sarah Paulson


A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government.

One review

  • In 2017’s The Post (my latest review), Steven Spielberg opens the film with a combat sequence that is brief and all too pedestrian. That’s surprising seeing that this is the same guy who shot the brutal, beaches of Normandy stuff in Saving Private Ryan.

    Anyway, cut to 1971 where the publisher and executive editor of The Washington Post risk their livelihood to put out the Pentagon Papers. These Pentagon Papers are classified documents chronicling America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. In a hurried and glossed over two hours, I give you the true account of Steven Spielberg’s underwhelming and underdeveloped “Post”.

    So OK, wanna see Steve’s most self-serious and most pretentious flick to date? Just pony up six to ten dollars at any local theater (or don’t after you read “Post’s” short rounded assessment).

    The Post, which has a sort of held back film score by legend John Williams, is clearly Steven Spielberg rushing to put out any type of material he can for the veritable Academy Awards season. He’s clamoring and he knows that Oscar voters always surrender to his holier-than-thou groove.

    With his “Post”, I was obviously reminded of 1976’s All the President’s Men (just look at Ben Bradlee’s desk setting which appears to be identical). Here’s the thing though: Spielberg fails to generate the type of numbing atmosphere and/or paranoid tension that Alan J. Pakula did back in ’76.

    “Post”, despite failing to garner my utmost recommendation, still has one of the best casts of any movie this year. I’m talking leads played by Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, co-stars in the form Bradley Whitford and Bruce Greenwood, and side characters portrayed by Bob Odenkirk and Sarah Paulson. These are all decent troupers yet Spielberg doesn’t handle them well. He lets everyone wink into the camera while they give off the sense of being increasingly irksome. There are too many unworkable, Spielbergian moments here and not enough workable, Hanksian moments. The whole experience of the candidly talky scenes is just plain awkward.

    In conclusion, Spielberg as always tries his darnedest to recreate a period of long days past. This is evident in The Post. “Post” has a sheeny look, an accurate attention to detail, and a 70’s time setting that’s just palatable enough. If the Academy does honor Steven next Tuesday, it will be because The Post is well, historically significant. For me, it doesn’t matter either way. “Post” might be Stevie boy’s weakest effort since 1991’s Hook. That’s not good. Rating: 2 stars.

    Rating: 2 out of 4 stars

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