Steven Spielberg. Meryl Streep. Tom Hanks. “Oscar” may as well be an honorary producer on The Post, Spielberg’s latest drama inspired by true events. So it says a lot that all of that pedigree is playing second fiddle here. The most impressive part of The Post is instead the true story that inspired it — and the way that historical event is being leveraged like a shot across the bow of the Tr*mp White House.
The Post of the title is in fact The Washington Post, and the true story is one of the great exercises in the importance of a free press in our nation’s history. Streep plays Post publisher Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and Hanks portrays editor Ben Bradlee as they race to bring their paper up to speed with The New York Times, exposing a massive cover-up of government secrets around the Vietnam War that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The fight to bring the Pentagon Papers to light became a court case pitting government against journalist, one that tested our First Amendment. I’m getting tingly just thinking about it. Take a look at the trailer!
“The way they lied — those days have to be over.” PREACH IT, HANKS.
And if all that hot Streep/Hanks action weren’t enough, the film’s ensemble cast is seriously exciting: Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods all lend their FX/AMC/HBO gravitas to the proceedings. Though Odenkirk’s “It’s just government secrets” line delivery while patting the box made me think of this Mr. Show sketch (in the best possible way):
Anyway, The Post will hit theaters on December 22, 2017. Take the whole family — it’s sure to be the perfect warm-hearted holiday fare for anyone hoping the new year will bring down another lying sack of shit, thanks to the efforts of some classic journalism. Or anything really. If it takes a bout of explosive diarrhea to clear out the Oval Office, I won’t argue.