Plot: In an effort to offer future academics an inside look at the conflict in Vietnam, an extensive, candid insight into the government’s involvement was developed, then heavily classified. This information revealed information that was never intended to be seen by the public or the press, hence an epic cover up that would involve four presidents and cross all political boundaries. But the information inside would spark one man to risk his career and freedom to use his access to slowly, over time copy the papers with an intent to publish. When the New York Times ran a small portion of the papers, it was hit with the full force of the government and mandated to cease publication of classified documents. At the same time, the offices at the Washington Post had access to the complete document and many at the paper wanted to publish, regardless of the legal and financial concerns involved. But with her family business and her own freedom on line, would Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) risk it all to reveal the truth?
Entertainment Value: The Post is a well made drama, but given the level of star power involved, that’s no surprise. Steven Spielberg directs and his cast is loaded with talent, a deep ensemble that is quite impressive. As this is based on high profile, widely known real life events, there’s no real tension to the narrative, but it unfolds at a good pace and seeing an inside look is interesting. I have no real complaints about The Post, but I also wasn’t as dazzled as some viewers. I think it is well made in all respects, but it is such a basic, straight forward drama, it never rose above well made, to me. I appreciated seeing such immense talents involved of course, but the material is rather simple and no one is given much of a chance to shine. Meryl Streep is good here, Tom Hanks is fine, and the rest of the cast is more than up to the task, but again the material is so undemanding, some aren’t given much to do. The real life events involved were landmark, but this film adaptation doesn’t have the passion or energy to convey that, it simply goes through the motions. With a cast like this however, going through the motions results in a good movie, but still, it just feels so milquetoast. The Post is a competent drama on all fronts, just not a memorable one.
No nakedness. This movie is all business and smug self importance, so no time for the sexy times in this one. No blood. Again, this is a straight forward, serious drama and as it has no violence, it also has no bloodshed involved. I know the newspaper business is sometimes called cutthroat, but this movie is just a lot of white people discussing money and power. The dialogue here is well written and well performed, but it just isn’t that memorable at all. There’s not much emotion involved, as even those close to the core of the issue seem calm and detached. So by normal standards, a fine script, but by our standards, bland and forgettable. On the craziness scale, none whatsoever. This is self important, milquetoast white people talking about politics and their careers, so not much out of the ordinary happens.
Overall Insanity: 0/10