Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are brilliant in Spielberg's news drama


You're chasing down a big story and inadvertently stumble across another story that may be even bigger. Which is why Steven Spielberg's drama resonates so strongly. The movie is directed by Steven Spielberg.

Streep immediately backed her for president, and while promoting her latest film The Post, told press: "Oprah showed what a presidential candidate should talk like, and to what language and passion and principle they should adhere".

The Post is without a doubt relevant at a time of attacks on the media and the #MeToo movement.

While his instinct is to publish the documents, the fact that he and his boss may go to jail and the Post may cease publication in the process is a real possibility.

Tom Hanks (as Ben Bradlee): "Not yet". But years later the government was still sending soldiers to Vietnam, not to win, but to forestall a humiliating defeat.

The story that the Washington Post chases in the film is one that has already been broken by the New York Times, and the drama revolves around the decision of the publisher, Katherine Graham, to publish secret military documents that revealed government dishonesty about the Vietnam War. Graham was the daughter of one former Post publisher and the widow of another. When the documents come to Graham and Bradlee, they are faced with the choice: publish and risk the paper, maybe even jail, or let the President silence the free press and hide the facts from the American people. Graham is obviously hesitant to follow his lead as her financial advisers are warning her against it, fearing that potential new investors will be scared off; the fear of staining her father's legacy preys on her mind as well, as he began the paper, giving it to her husband before she took control herself after his suicide.

Her moment of truth comes when Daniel Ellsberg (Matthew Rhys) leaks classified government files to the New York Times.

Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are brilliant in Spielberg's news drama

Casting Hanks as an indomitable force was easy; how the actor brings uncertainty and regret to Bradlee - such as being on the receiving end of a powerful lecture by his wife (Sarah Paulson) on the quiet bravery of Graham - is what gives the role depth. He pursues the story with the purest, strongest force known to journalism - that of the scooped trying to scoop their scooper. Even if you know the story and its beats, "The Post" is still enthralling, inspiring entertainment. For that crucial decision - to hold the line, to risk everything - to have that fall to a woman who was really alone in her position, that's what interested me.

Probably not. So watch what happens in "The Post" because it's pretty important to US history, and see if you aren't entertained, too.

In one pivotal scene, Graham - the country's first female news publisher - is seen walking past a crowd of female secretaries into a room of all male executives and bankers as The Washington Post prepares to take their company public.

She and Hanks have great chemistry, with Hanks acknowledging Jason Robards' iconic performance as Bradlee in "All the President's Men" while making the role his irascible own. "Show" partner David Cross.

Like "Spotlight", "The Post" makes you proud to work for a newspaper, particularly in the current cultural climate.

The timing of "The Post" couldn't be better: Ever since Donald Trump got elected, the free press in America has been under attack again.

The one exception is Bradlee. And a reminder that everyone needs to be welcomed, and listened to, in the fight.