Randall Beach: A timely movie about truth comes to our theaters

Randall Beach: A timely movie about truth comes to our theaters

Randall Beach: A timely movie about truth comes to our theaters

But when Bradlee gets a little too comfortable on his high horse, Mrs.

In the Supreme Court's response to the Pentagon Papers, Justice Hugo Black wrote that America's founders affirmed freedom of the press "to serve the governed, not the governors". In one late scene, there's an nearly heavenly hue to the sunlight bathing the crowd that has come to cheer the hero of the moment. But to do so, he'll have to persuade publisher Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) to agree. Probably not. Is the scene so obvious that the ghost of Frank Capra himself would call it corny? Lady Bird's Greta Gerwig triumphed in best director, while Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot were given the Spotlight Award for the superhero movie's accomplishments, having earned $821.8 million worldwide and stellar reviews (92% positive on aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes).

It also hammers home the feminist nature of this real-life journalism tale.

"The Post" is a historical but entertaining and inspiring account of the fearless decision by Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham in 1971 to publish the Pentagon Papers.

And while there is an interesting tick tock of will-they-won't-they publish the papers that propels the film forward, at the heart of the story is Graham, an obviously smart and capable woman who is full of doubt, and is doubted by almost everyone around her.

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Thing is, the board doesn't want to take the legal risk, and if the Post DOES publish, Bradlee and Graham could lose their positions and wind up in jail. Graham had inherited The Post when her husband Philip committed suicide in 1963. Now that it's all hers, she has to push through her own insecurities and the stridency and condescension of her board of directors, in order to find herself.

Streep, 68, told a press conference for her film The Post: "I think Oprah showed what a presidential candidate should talk like, what language and passion and principle they should have, what rhetoric can rouse in people and how important it is to people to feel that and get that encouragement". Yet for middle-aged women of that second-wave feminist era, this was not an unusual phenomenon.

Tom Hanks stars as Ben Bradlee, the executive editor of the Washington Post. When the Times prints the first portions of the Pentagon Papers, his journalistic Spidey-senses start tingling. The revelations were about the Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson administrations, but Nixon was now president.

A newspaper fights for a story, and a publisher fights for her paper's survival, in this riveting true drama. The reporting here is the side story. Once he does, he brings them to Bradlee's home, which becomes a sort of remote newsroom for a team of reporters who pore over the thousands of pages of documents, attempting to distill them into a narrative. Spielberg lays it on thick with "hero shots" of Hanks and Streep as John Williams provides musical undercarriage, but it's hard not to get bogged down in Janusz Kaminski's self-consciously grainy, gray photography and period detail (this is the kind of movie that short-hands an unnecessary Vietnam sequence with a Creedence Clearwater Revival cue). If the intention was to send audiences out feeling inspired about journalism and its function in a republic, consider that mission accomplished. Like the film as a whole, it's diminished by dot connecting and self-congratulation.

Overall, "The Post" is a smart, complex, non-superhero film with a super-hero style tag that is astutely told on a big canvas.

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