The Post

A movie review of inspiration and Americas changes

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The Post

Kaylene Barry, Staffer

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I found myself extremely inspired watching The Post. This drama follows the publisher of The Washington Post, Katharine Graham, on her journey to fight the federal government over her first amendment right, and the freedom to publish the Pentagon Papers, alongside her editor, Ben Bradlee. As the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, you can see her struggling to find the confidence to make decisions. It touched on sexism in the 70ʻs and gave us a glimpse on how the government ran. It showed us how women’s roles in society were rapidly changing. I enjoyed watching each of the characters develop and grow over the course of the story, all the while American society is also going through its own changes. It was very liberating to watch these people come together and fight for what they believe in. This was a crucial point in American history and I enjoyed watching it from an unconventional point of view.

The cast itself was a great blend. Meryl Streep is one of my favorite actresses and did a stunning job displaying the stress that Katharine would’ve went through. Another family favorite actor, Tom Hanks, played a sensational part as her editor. They were joined with other actors including Sarah Paulson, David Cross and Bradley Whitford. This cast portrayed this time period accurately and aesthetically pleasing.

I would recommend this movie to anyone who is interested in journalism, politics, or government. It contains concepts for an older or more mature crowd. This film is a positive influence for anyone who needs drive towards their journalism career. I would give it 41/2 stars.