The Post

Illustrator: Ruby Guthrie

It’s no wonder why “The Post” movie is attracting so many people – especially journalists and those interested in news. The Post came out on Jan. 12 in all theaters, and I eagerly went to see it that day.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, the trailers had the potential to catch anyone’s eye. They included scenes between the main characters, Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) and Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), in deep conversation, newspapers being thrown from moving trucks, and intense background music. I had to see more.

“The Post,” based on a true story, describes the hard decision that The Washington Post faced about whether or not to release The Pentagon Papers: documents that revealed the Nixon administration’s willful lying to the public about the Vietnam War. The film is a testament to the decisions the press often has to make between providing information for the good of the public or facing the repercussions of government intervention and possible prosecution. “The Post” examines and beautifully portrays all elements—all the positives and negatives—of the decision. It showed the effects, on a personal and public scale, that releasing the papers entailed.

The ending of the film is thrilling, so you’ll have to go see it for yourself. If you’re not interested in the First Amendment, journalistic integrity, or news in general, “The Post” may not be for you. The plot can get a bit dull at times, but the movie as a whole is inspiring. Any journalist would be proud to say they carry the values the movie portrayed. It’s worth going to see, and as a journalism student, I absolutely loved it.