Directed by the incomparable Steven Spielberg, The Post is a drama about how the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, Katherine Graham (Meryl Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) find themselves in a race against time to uncover major government secrets in the Pentagon Papers that spanned over three decades and four U.S. presidents. These pioneers in American publishing risk their reputations, their careers, and even their freedom, to ensure their readers learn the truth about what the United States has been hiding from the people, including baffling facts about the Vietnam War.
You might be surprised to find this is the first time this particular trio has worked together, but it’s apparent why Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep were chosen for these roles. Their acting was on point, along with the chemistry they shared whenever they appear onscreen together. Whether it was how the script was written or how Spielberg chose to direct their scenes, I found it annoying how the two main characters were often forced to communicate by phone, even when their characters were in the midst of a crisis or a major decision.