review by Bobby Blakey
Spielberg has continued to deliver some truly great films over the years. You always know there is a pretty good chance that if his name is on it then it is something special, but when you add a cast including Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep then its almost a guarantee. His latest The Post brings these power houses in the industry together as well as 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, but does it manage to effectively tell this story or will it fail to make the front page?
The Post follows the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post's Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee, 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. With this team you pretty much expect perfection and to no surprise they deliver. I am always impressed when you take a story like this that is not only not action packed but we already know the outcome and the filmmakers still manage to create something that pulls you in and keeps you on edge.
The first half of the film is a bit necessarily slow as they build towards the bigger story. This allows us to not only set the tone of what’s to come, but also meet the characters and see how various people are treated which is important for moments later in the film. Once again both Streep and Hanks give insanely great performances showcasing why they are two of the best in the industry. That being said the supporting cast all do an amazing job as well holding their own with these powerhouses. My personal favorite was seeing Bob Odenkirk here and he knocked it out of the park. Once we get to the moments regarding the actual papers and possible publishing the film hits a great stride and is so great to watch.
This is one of those films that is all about the acting and letting it tell the story. Everyone here is top notch and the story is engaging especially if you do not know all the ins and out of this true story. Usually I prefer to get some end of film information about those involved but here they have an additional scene prior to the credits that does everything it needs to showcase where the film is going and how it all evolved into where it went in history. The Post is a must see for anyone that loves Spielberg or the cast, but more so just to see more of the history of our country and the nonsense that has gone down.
This release not only includes the film but also bonus content including featurettes that take you behind this historical moment in history. Join to search for the truth with The Post available now on digital, 4K Ultra, Blu-ray and DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.