A journalism drama in the age of President Trump was bound to strike a chord, but film critics coming out of early screenings for Steven Spielberg’s The Post are calling it one of the most important films of the year, though, not necessarily the best.
In what one critic called ‘the best Spielberg movie since Munich,’ the director shines a spotlight on a story from 1971 when the free press was demonized by a sitting U.S. president: The Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and editor Ben Bradlee team up to catch up to The New York Times with the reveal of The Pentagon Papers, a document comprised of thousands of pages about U.S. involvement in Vietnam.
If Trump claiming mainstream media to be the enemy of the American people sounds familiar, it’s because of Richard Nixon, who served as president during this time of The Pentagon Papers and said something similar.
A lot of people praised the performances of Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks along with a shoutout to Bob Odenkirk. But while The Post proved to be surprisingly feminist according to some, many agree this likely Oscar contender isn’t the best film they’ve seen this year.