Steven Spielberg‘s The Post premiered at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on December 14, 2017. It began a limited release in the United States on December 22, 2017. Written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, it is based on the true facts behind the publishing of classified government documents regarding the Vietnam War done by the Washington Post in the early seventies.
At the beginning of the seventies, the government military analyst Daniel Ellsberg leaked some classified documents about the Vietnam war and passed them to the New York Tims. As soon as the Nixon administration tries to silence the case, the Washington Post, and its owner Kay Graham, get in possession of the same dossier and has to decide if they will publish it or not. A decision that involves national security as well as the future of the newspaper.
Put together Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Maryl Streep and the result is going to be a masterpiece. The Post honors the job of every journalist by telling us a story where the truth came before anything else. And the first dialogue of the movie, between Hanks and Streep is simply a diamond.
It might be. But it probably won’t. It’s a very well done movie but is not bringing in the fresh air that Hollywood seems to need so desperately. The Post is running for one more Oscar: best actress in a leading role, 21st nomination for Meryl Streep. Will she be able to win against Frances McDormand?
In the movie, a Washington Post journalist go looking for the Pentagon Papers. In reality, it was the leakers who contacted the newspaper.