“The Post” is an American political thriller about the editor and publisher of the Washington Post during the Vietnam War in the early ’70s. It’s based on a true story about a political scandal that spanned four presidents that Nixon attempted to cover up by keeping the journalists quiet once some classified documents were leaked. Tom Hanks plays the no-nonsense editor who brings his team of reporters together to get to the bottom of the classified study that was leaked to the New York Times. Meryl Streep plays the new publisher of the Washington Post, who has to make the decision whether or not to publish the story.
For me, getting into the movie took a while. In the 116 minute run time, I’d say I was not overly interested in the movie until about the half way point. That said, once the action started to pick up I was on the edge of my seat. “The Post” is definitely a movie that puts things into perspective just how important the newspaper industry truly is. Without the people who go out of their way to find the truth, we’d be living in a world with a very limited scope.
If you like historical movies, political movies, or just Tom Hanks/Meryl Streep in general you’ll probably like “The Post.” If you have kids and want to find a movie that the whole family can enjoy, I’d skip this movie. “The Post” is not for everyone, but if you have a passion for news or journalism then this is definitely something you should hit the theaters for.