The Post: A brief review

Last night we made an impromptu decision to go out and see The Post, the new Spielberg movie starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s definitely worth the price of admission. Go ahead and spring for some popcorn, too. You might finish it before the movie actually start if you arrive in time to see all the previews, commercials and then the movie trailers, but that’s ok. Once the movie starts you’ll be immediately caught up in the storyline, whether you know your history or not.

Meryl Streep never ceases to amaze me, and Tom Hanks delivers another brilliant performance. This movie is so well done that even after you are done praising the performance, you realize it was all perfectly put together: the dialog, soundtrack, editing, costumes and so on.

And then you start thinking about how these events transpired with these very real characters. This happened almost fifty years ago and feels like it could be happening right now. Women’s rights, freedom of the press, war protests. All relevant today.

 “In the First Amendment, the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors.” —  Supreme Court ruling, New York Times Co. v United States

As we were walking out of the theater last night Doug commented: “All journalists should see this film — and we should all be journalists.”

Written for WordPress’s Finding Everyday Inspiration course. Day 12: Critique a Piece of Work

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