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MOVIE: The Post is a movie that earns stamp of approval

Tuesday, 16th January, 2018 7:00pm
MOVIE: The Post is a movie that  earns stamp of approval
MOVIE: The Post is a movie that  earns stamp of approval

HANKS, Streep, Spielberg. Three Hollywood powerhouses, any one of which has enough star quality to sell a movie. Together at last, let’s hope it was worth the wait.

‘The Post’ tells the story of 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 of Government secrets that spanned three decades and four US Presidents. 

The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers - and their very freedom - to help bring long-buried truths to light, at at time when the Nixon led administration want to keep everything under wraps. 

The film shares many similarities with 2016’s ‘Spotlight’, which documented the Boston Globe’s unearthing of historical clerical abuse, and interestingly, the same writer, Josh Singer, is on board here again. 

Spielberg does a masterful job of directing the piece although due to the preponderance of talking heads, there is less opportunity than usual for his visual storytelling to shine. 

Hanks is superb as always but it’s Streep who steals the show with a performance that oozes excellence from every part of her body. 

Although the subject matter of the film is corruption in Government, the theme is really about women’s role in society at the time, something that is obviously still relevant today. 

Very much a man’s world back then, Graham was clearly uncomfortable operating within it, something which Streep captures to great effect, down to how she walks and talks. 

Spielberg throws in some signature touches too, subtly showing how women were treated and excluded, making this movie as much a work of feminism as anything else. 

The drama is gripping from the start and will keep you guessing until the last minute as to how events will play out. This is a film with class written all over it, which we give or stamp of approval, and 4.5 stars to boot. 

Other Releases: The Commuter - 2 Stars 

Paul O’Rourke

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