I remember first reading about this movie being in production- I think in a magazine or Facebook post? Back then it was called “The Pentagon Papers”…
Despite the title change, this movie has everything!
Steven Spielberg +Tom Hanks + Meryl Streep- together the trinity tell a story not too far off from recent events (sort of).
This movie highlights a showdown between the press and the government. The press pushes back against the government when a leak reveals that facts of the Vietnam War were covered up by past US Presidents.
When Kay Graham (Meryl Streep)- the president of the Washington Post- is given the choice: to either remain silent and save the paper, or take on the US government and risk being indicted for contempt, she decides to stand up for what is right, to hold the government accountable.
As Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) agrees: “They way they lied. Those days have to be over.”
However, this decision is not a favorite of the other men surrounding Kay Graham, especially investors and other interested parties. She doesn’t let this negativity bring her down.
One of my most favorite lines in this movie (as a woman and a viewer) is: “I’m asking your advice, not your permission”. It still gives me chills!
This movie shadows much of what is going on in our nation today. With Trump deciding what is “fake news” and networks like CNN still forging ahead with holding the Presidency accountable, this art is imitating life. For Kay Graham, her struggles are directly in line with the #MeToo movement, to an certain extent. No longer can it just be men in power, women have a voice too and it should be heard loud and clear!
Author’s note: Congrats to Meryl Streep being nominated for an Oscar for this role. Although she didn’t win, it was still a commanding performance!
My rating: 5 reels out of 5!