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Oscars 2018: The Post

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Movie info from RT:

Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light. The Post marks the first time Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have collaborated on a project. In addition to directing, Spielberg produces along with Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Krieger. The script was written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, and the film features an acclaimed ensemble cast including 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.

Here are my thoughts:

  • The Post is a brilliant, brilliant film. The story’s captivating, as so as the directing. I have nothing but praise for the acting.
  • Meryl Streep has the ability to effortlessly, perfectly get lost in her character. She’s such a delight to watch.
  • I love the dynamics and chemistry between Meryl and Tom Hanks. Their interactions were pure artform.
  • That 4-way telephone call was the best scene I’ve seen in quite some time. No CGI, no special effects, just the perfect combination of acting, writing, editing, sound, and camera works.
  • I just found the women empowerment subplot of the movie could be done better.
  • The scene after the court, where NYT was swamped by reporters while Kat and her team was at the side and Kat was walking through young women who were admiring her silently – I quite find that cheesy. This is coming from a feminist. It could be done in a more non-patronizing way, but that’s just me.
  • I thought The Post will be like another version of Spotlight. It was, but it’s not a sub-class imitation, but another brilliant version.

I may be biased because I’m a journalist, but I’d pick The Post over Dunkirk. There I said it.

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