The National Board of Review named The Post the best film of 2017, which it isn't.
In a larger sense, the pure professionalism of "The Post", from Spielberg's restless camera to the awesome period costumes, eventually gives the movie much of the gravity to which it aspires.
Most of all, what I took away from The Post is that historically we have been here before.
"When the reality of it strikes, you go, 'Oh my gosh!" How physically, emotionally risky it can be.
"I know for a fact that there are any number of showbusiness entities that are saying "alright we are going to literally change the patina of our boardroom, we are going to make promotions that are taking into account the need for our company to reflect the numbers of our population". "I'm going to actually have to do it now!" The gratitude and pride they bathe upon Graham, and the reciprocal feeling reflected back at them by Streep, is the sort of moment that puts a lump in the toughest throat.
Despite the events in the film taking place almost five decades ago, it would be irrelevant to go through a full discussion around it without mentioning its relevance and more so its poignancy in relation to the present state of the world and the leaders that are in power who utilise their authority for personal gain and favourable poll numbers rather than in the interest of world peace.
The script from first time screenwriter Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, who also wrote the investigative journalism drama "Spotlight", focuses on the Washington Post executives who risked everything when they made a decision to publish the Pentagon Papers, classified Department of Defense documents that chronicled the secrets and lies behind the U.S.'s involvement in the Vietnam War. Also that her personal friend, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara (Bruce Greenwood), is the initiator of the report, eventually named 'The Pentagon Papers, ' doesn't make her life less complicated.
We are told the story through the eyes of Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) and Katharine (Meryl Streep) the widow of the WaPo publisher.
After Streep's epic speech when she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award past year, you'd think that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association would want her back on stage just to see what she had to say this time. "Yeah, I know it's the year of the woman and everything, but all of my mentors have been men", Meryl said, according to USA Today. The men. All my mentors have been men, even my sixth grade music teacher Paul Grossman, who let me sing five version of "O Holy Night" in French, German and something else. "If men are in positions of hiring women, that they should build that up and hire more women". Then consider that the movie's titular institution is The Washington Post, one of the many outlets Trump has decried as "fake news". Additionally, the script by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer was not named among the Writers Guild nominees.
De Niro, who introduced Streep, was blunter, referring to Trump as the "jerk-off in chief" and numerous other foul-mouthed insults that drew cheers from the crowd. The Post's board of directors does not want to take on the government because they are afraid of losing money. "I believe that was the first gaudy dog and pony awards presentation broadcast of what is a new era", he said.
"The Disaster Artist" director and star James Franco was in attendance to present his film's adapted screenplay award, even as another event distanced itself from him.