The Post (2017) Sunday, 29 March 2020

The Post (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Stop the press.

  • Starring:

    Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Sarah Paulson, Matthew Rhys, Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, Jesse Plemons, David Cross

  • Directed by:

    Steven Spielberg

  • Running time:

    116 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    Brief battle scenes (Vietnam War setting, explosion, soldiers being shot/carried/loaded into rescue helicopters, body bags, bloody hand, etc). Street protests seen (people being pushed/whacked with batons). A man running across the road almost gets hit by a car. A man smacks a rolled newspaper on a desk in anger. Assassination of John F Kennedy discussed. Burglary shown in progress. Theft. Yelling, arguing, shouting. Dead husband (suicide), reported hijacking, bombing, Hindenberg disaster, D-Day mentioned. A character in a film (on TV) says, "lying in the gutter somewhere with a knife in your back". A man says rhetorically, "we could all be executed at dawn". A man jokes about another man being hypothetically hit by a truck twice. Blood/gore: Bloody hand. Blood on the floor, blood on pink suit mentioned.


    (None) Women in nightgowns/in bed. Cleavage.


    Alcohol (wine, spirits, cocktail). Smoking (cigars, cigarettes, pipe). Buying heroin in Saigon, drunken birthday cruise, vodka mentioned.


    F-word, s-words, a-words, p*ss. Name-calling (pirate, bastard, pricks, sonofab*tch, liars, etc). Religious exclamations (oh God, oh Jesus, Jesus Christ, thank God, damn it, goddamn, Christ, my God, so help me God, hell, like hell, hot damn, etc). Obscene finger gesture.


    The Pentagon Papers, The Washington Post, Vietnam War, The New York Times, journalism, newspaper publishing, leaked documents, security breaches, Patricia Nixon's wedding, injunction, accountability, government secrets, censorship, editorial, sources, collusion, the Espionage Act, Ben Bagdikian, Kay Graham, Ben Bradlee, Daniel Ellsberg, Robert McNamara, non-conformism, the First Amendment.


    Dead husband/father (suicide) mentioned. Courtroom setting. Inspired by true events.


    Thrilling, intimate, dynamic, vital, funny, moving, spectacular, entertaining, topical, timely, exhilarating, riveting, crowd-pleasing, suspenseful, unsubtle, vital, lean, mean, confrontational, solid, dramatic, urgent, sincere, earnest, stirring, contemporary, triumphant, rousing. Charismatic cast, excellent/effortless performances, nuanced/fraught/powerful/grounded/quiet/riveting/captivating performance by Meryl Streep, smart/extravagant storytelling, magnificent/polished script, rich characterisation, intuitive/assured/fluid/thrilling directing, exquisite period costume design, immaculate set design, gorgeous period detail, precise timing; Meryl Streep's name gets first billing in the closing credits.


    Fate of Daniel Ellsberg is left unexplained/unexplored, contains a few pat moments (stereotypical chanting anti-war mob; women gazing in awe at Streep's Katharine Graham).

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