The Steven Spielberg-directed period piece stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks as the real-life Washington Post figures who battled the Nixon administration in 1971 to publish the Pentagon Papers, the decades-long report on America's involvement in Vietnam.
It was already decided that Tuesday night's gala at Cipriani's in midtown Manhattan would belong to "The Post". But given that the film was unexpectedly shut out at Sunday's Golden Globes, Streep, Spielberg and Hanks were able to trot out the speeches they might have given days earlier.
Here's a Spielberg quote in the Los Angeles Times: "I thought this was an idea that felt more like 2017 than 1971". This is your Pentagon Papers moment.' I think the movie really did meet its moment in time, and the time's up. How physically, emotionally unsafe it can be.
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Despite the events in the film taking place almost five decades ago, it would be irrelevant to go through a full discussion around it without mentioning its relevance and more so its poignancy in relation to the present state of the world and the leaders that are in power who utilise their authority for personal gain and favourable poll numbers rather than in the interest of world peace. But Streep consistently finds a way, clearly relishing the chance to portray a pioneer in the struggle to break the glass ceiling; and watching her do it by butting heads with no less than POTUS is exhilarating. Executive editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) doesn't want to back down when the White House refuses access to the Post's reporter, though publisher Katharine Graham (Streep), a patrician socialite who travels in those rarefied social circles, urges her editor to apply a lighter touch.
"I love men", said Streep, noting the speeches of Hanks and "Call Me By Your Name" star Timothee Chalamet, the breakthrough actor victor. "Yeah, I know it's the year of the woman and everything, but all of my mentors have been men", including the Public Theater founder Joseph Papp and directors Mike Nichols and Alan Pakula.
When the meal is over, Graham - who was about to become the head of a Fortune 500 company - excuses herself, along with the rest of the women, to go to the parlor so the men can discuss weightier issues.
You want to see a movie with old people in the audience. And while the Trump allusions are inevitable, did novice screenwriters/brick-throwers Liz Hannah and Josh Singer have to include the word "collusion"? The film's latter half is largely given to Ben's team rushing to get the story into print without opening the paper up to prosecution, and Spielberg whisks us along in zesty fashion. "I think she's more than qualified". The government is arguing that printing them is a national security risk. "I don't know how you do that", he added.