“If we don’t hold them accountable, who will?”
That’s the question at the heart of The Post, a movie about journalism that’s set in a time when newspapers (remember those?) had – and still do have – the power to bring down governments.
It’s based on the true story of the alliance between The Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) and legendary editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they help expose a massive cover-up of American involvement in the Vietnam War.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, The Post trailer already screams ‘Oscar bait’, all tense conversations and telephone calls and furrowed brows amid a 1970s backdrop. Streep and Hanks also have some major back up in the likes of Better Call Saul‘s Bob Odenkirk and The West Wing‘s Bradley Whitford.
The Post comes at a time when the role of the media in the United States has come under serious examination, in light of the Trump administration’s shenanigans and allegations that stories about the Harvey Weinstein scandal were actively suppressed.
The last major film about journalism was Spotlight (see our review) and that cleaned up at the Oscars, so 20th Century Fox must be hoping for more of the same. Meanwhile, Hanks seems to have developed a taste for historical dramas, with his most recent films including Bridge of Spies (see our review) and Sully (see our review).
As for Streep: it’s Meryl Streep. Is there even a need to talk up her resume?
The Post is scheduled for release in the US on December 22.