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Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep fight the U.S. Government in The Post.

posted Jan 23, 2018, 12:45 PM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Robby Timmler, Promotional Director

Posted January 23rd, 2018

The Post is the true story from the Vietnam War era, when Daniel Ellsberg (played by Matthew Rhys) a government worker copies secret government documents about the Vietnam War and the U.S.’s involvement in it. These documents were then published in the New York Times and the American people were informed about the lies from the Kennedy era to the present Nixon era. Kay Graham (played by Meryl Streep) the owner of the Washington Post and Ben Bradlee (played by Tom Hanks) the head editor of the Washington Post see the New York Times article and want to get their hands on more of these documents. A few days after the article were published, the New York Times are given a letter to stop publishing the documents and that their being sued by the U.S. Government. As reporters of the Washington Post search for leads, reporter Ben Bagdikian (played by Bob Odenkirk) meets Daniel Ellsberg and gets his hands on the documents. This leads to the question of whether or not it is legal to publish the classified papers and what will happen to the Washington Post if the documents are published.

The Post is an excellent true story that is still relevant today. The acting from Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep is fantastic. The story has great tension in the conflict between the newspapers and the U.S. Government. The film shows how these presidents changed in the eyes of the people and how their lies changed who they were to the people. The film also shows Kay’s struggle in trying to keep the Washington Post in her family name and how in deciding to print the story could lead to lost of her company. The weakness of the film is that if you are not interested in this subject the audience would probably get bored by the film. The Post gets 9.5/10 stars.