Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” stands as a blueprint and a packs powerful face of honest journalism. In the country where Donald Trump has arrived (United Nations) and in a country (India) where Journalism has become a political propoganda and mere entertainment, the film questions the freedom of press – even a character exclaims, “The press is there to serve the governed, not the governors”. Steven Spielberg makes a historical drama which highly befits the contemporary time, and he makes an exhilarating drama.
A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government. It could be termed as the new-age “All The President’s Man” – only Steven Spielberg could’ve pulled this brave film. It’s an entertaining and gripping drama which runs like a timer but it also suffers with clumsy sequences. More than judging the film, it came as a self-analyser of the present time. With euphoric and melodramatic sequences created to evoke the rage and injustice, it leads to an immense content feeling. This rousing and championing piece about Journalism vs. Power is enlightened by highly effective direction. That’s Spielberg!
The 2016 Oscar winner “Spotlight” stunned with its brave writing and Spielberg’s film is co-written by its writer, Josh Singer – there’s a lot to decipher. It’s a dialogue-heavy film which is shouldered brilliantly by the Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski. While the frames are mostly two-shots, it makes way for impeccable acting abilities of the two leads do the honours. Spielberg also lingers with the long shots and visual rhythm. Merly Streep, who I found underwhelming in her last release “Florence Foster Jenkins” (2016), delivers utterly phenomenal performance. Tom Hanks is impeccable as the Editor and the scenes with Meryl just sets the screen on fire. But, there’s one character actor (and role) which remained back, Bob Odenkirk, who plays an Assistant Editor.
There are few troublesome writing and cliched chunks, but they can be avoided to look at the larger perspective brightly. President Nixon is shot sneakily in the dark from the back, it speaks – the Power turned its face from the Truth – he’s in black. Highly relatable in India, right? Tension warms up for blazing two hours, and certainly the stakes on the present Journalism are high. It may not exist in its honest form but “The Post” is prudent.
Release: 22 December, 2017
Director: Steven Spielberg
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