GRAPHIC BY YING YANG
By CHRISTINA QUACH
In an era of “fake news,” The Post demonstrates that exposing government secrets is easier said than done.
On Jan. 12, The Post, directed by Steven Spielberg, premiered, starring a plethora of talented actors including Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.
The film revolves around the female president of The Washington Post, Katherine Graham, during one of the most influential eras of journalism: the exposé of the Pentagon Papers. After The New York Times publishes secret documents entailing the failure of U.S troops on Vietnam soil, President Nixon sues the publication. However, when Ben Bradlee, one of The Washington Post’s writers, gets ahold of those papers, it becomes a battle for the future of their business or the future of America.
Despite its slow pacing, The Post manages to make an enticing film with its gripping actors and empowering theme.
Because the film contains many distinguished actors and directors, it is no surprise that the film was highly anticipated by critics. Both Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks manage to deliver enthralling performances that leave the audience on the edge of their seats. Meryl Streep, as per usual, plays one of the most complex and undermined characters of the film. Her performance creates a sense of empowerment that resonates deeply within women who still struggle to this day to prove themselves.
Her character, Katherine Graham, is the first female president of a newspaper company and since the film takes place in the 1970s, she faces a multitude of obstacles, including sexism.
Throughout the film, Katherine is under constant scrutiny. Many of her coworkers make snide remarks of how she only obtained the company because her husband died. While her peers see her unfit for President due to her gender, she continues headstrong, making resolute decisions that may poorly affect her business. Despite all her bravery, only the men received credit for exposing the papers. However, she is still seen as a role model for women of all ages in the film, showcasing how women persevere and continue regardless of men.
Furthermore, the movie captivates audiences by highlighting how easily controversial things are buried if people are too scared to stand up for what is right. The Post demonstrates that if only one person stands up, everyone will eventually follow.
Moreover, The Post contains one pivotal scene near the end of the film. (Spoiler ahead, proceed with caution) The ending of the movie shows the Watergate getting robbed, alluding to the Watergate scandal, which was brought to light by The Washington Post. This small cliffhanger, while it may seem insignificant, helps tie the film together in a neat little bow. By including this scene, it showcases how many unspoken scandals come to light with the power of journalism.
In conclusion, while The Post has some issues, it contains a volume of charms that the film has that make it a truly unique film.