The film was rushed and feels a bit slow, in the sense that it is over explaining things.
Spielberg’s, often accused to be an Oscar bait, isn’t actually an Oscar bait. But then, it is so magnanimously a cliched of textbook genre, that it’s perks comes with a price that we, as an audience, are never able to retain it. And yes, then there is the argument of the importance of the film, especially considering the sensitive time when it was released- I mean they wrapped up the film in production within a few months just to exemplify the notorious “fake news” era that the media was going through. But is that enough. Does having a bigger or crucial theme exceed all the limitations of the film? I mean it still comes down to filmmaking. And as far as the father of our generation, Steven Spielberg, the director is concerned, he is babysitting us safely, but it is the screenplay that doesn’t pamper us to sleep. The Post is about a revolutionized event in the history of democracy that hands over the power to have your voice heard, against anyone, by anyone, for anyone.
Recreating the technology of those old times, the phone booth, the newspaper, the typewriter, the suitcases and the glasses. Infamous for speaking through objects and props in order to express the environment, the state, Spielberg uses those with excellent conditional clauses that he sets free by releasing emotion, winning emotions. A call being successful or a call finally accepted, those close up shots is not earned by the script but by the performance and the execution.
Which brings us to a major asset of the film, the star cast. And giving these megadoms a manager and an intern position to work on. Meryl Streep goes through an emotional trauma for obvious reasons, but those examples are what I love, especially how nuanced they are. No one points to the elephant in the room, Spielberg just populates a room full of men which Streep is about to enter, passing by a group of ladies standing outside the very room, not allowed, not accepted. Tom Hanks on the other hand is doing the heavy work and is probably the one who is least emotionally attached- the supporting characters like Bob Odenkirk and Mattew Rhys too go through emotional traumas- and yet claims to be; it is one of the best scene in the film where Sarah Paulson and he discovers this together.