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Meryl Streep shines in ‘The Post’

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“The Post” tells the story of The Washington Post’s decision to publish the Pentagon Papers, classified documents detailing the United States’ involvement in Vietnam for 30 years, beginning with World War II. The story mostly takes place during 1971, when The New York Times began publishing the documents. After the government orders the Times to stop publishing them, Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), the owner of The Washington Post, faces the critical decision of whether or not to risk the company’s-and her- future by publishing the documents.

The film shines through Graham and Ben Bradlee’s (Tom Hanks), The Washington Post’s editor, on-screen chemistry. Many scenes solely rely on the tension between them as they argue over the future of the company, and it succeeds beautifully. Meryl Streep’s acting is the heart and soul of “The Post”. She flawlessly demonstrates the difficulties a woman faces in a business industry dominated by men. However, had there have been more background information told about her character, the audience would have been able to understand her choices more easily. Although there aren’t any big action sequences, the passionate speeches made by certain characters are well-executed.

At times, the film can get very boring as the characters continue to debate the same, although monumental, idea to post the Pentagon Papers. This leads to some very long and repetitive sequences in the movie. Because of the focus on Bradlee and Graham’s characters, minor characters become underdeveloped yet still crucial to the plot, which makes it difficult for the audience to understand and support those minor characters.

“The Post” wonderfully demonstrates a contemporary issue of the importance of the First Amendment under a government ordering censorship of the press.

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