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The Post Movie Review

EntertainmentHollywoodReviews The Post Movie Review Steven Spielberg crafts a riveting watch! By Sreeparna Sengupta

Soon enough, we also meet Post editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), who's sick and exhausted of his newspaper getting beat to stories of substance by The New York Times. As the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, she isn't taken seriously by the men in the boardroom, and she knows it. "Kate throws a great party", sneers Arthur Parsons (Bradley Whitford) not quite out of earshot.

She needs investors to save the business. And also, when she played the Iron Lady. "I really love Charlie Wilson's War, and I really love Forrest Gump".

Streep is better here than she was in her last Oscar victor, "The Iron Lady". "It took her awhile to get to know people".

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Having seen government adviser Daniel Ellsburg (Matthew Rhys) leak the Pentagon Papers - a study of the United States' involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967 commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara (Bruce Greenwood) - to the New York Times and seeing their efforts to publish them in their entirety stymied by a cease-and-desist order from the Justice Department, the movie arrives at its thematic center. Among their get-acquainted activities, the visiting publishers toured Jack Dalrymple's farm near Casselton.

The two key players in the newsroom-set narrative are the owner and the executive editor of The Washington Post. Kay is sitting at the head of the dining table, with all the men who want the decision to go in their favour surrounding her, suffocating her like a pack of hungry wolves. "I hope we give good service".

Spielberg masterfully brings together all the events and characters leading up to the uncovering of the full Pentagon Papers that hid the truth behind the Vietnam War from the Americans for 30 years and what follows thereafter. Even if it happens to be a story on President Nixon's daughter's wedding. The Nixon administration sought an injunction against the publication of the Pentagon Papers as a threat to national security, yet as the title of The Post suggests, the focus here isn't on the Times, but on the Washington paper dealing with complex issues at the same time. The film is expertly edited and Spielberg employs a consistently serious tone which is enlivened by the sight of Bradlee perpetually interrupting Graham's garden parties where the guests include CBS' Walter Cronkite and the humourist Art Buchwald (David Costabile) who inspired Busybee who inspired Marcellus Baptista at the Afternoon Despatch and Courier. It also highlights the lack of diversity in leadership at the time. As a country, as a people, men and women. "She was shy to start with", but became self-assured and commanding as she became seasoned. Meeting with lawyers, she grows in confidence until Bradlee makes the call and the race is on. "He wanted to be the center of all activity whenever he was in a room". It's an unabashed homage to old-school, traditional journalism, where newspaper reporting was paramount, and facts - irreplaceable. Not only was Reagan willing to address the publishers, he would make himself available for a private reception.

If you - like me - are a news junkie or a journalist, this is not to be missed.

"What is going to come about, I think, is that more women are going to be awarded their positions based on their merits and the quality of their work", the Forrest Gump star said on Thursday.

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