And they’re not the only ones. Directed by Steven Spielberg and boasting some red hot supporting actors (something Spielberg always had an eye for), with a story practically engineered at the cellular level to push the viewing audience’s buttons at this particular time in history, with Streep doing another Great Ladies in History turn and Hanks turning up the dials on his moral certainty, this one all looks like a no-brainer on paper.
Everybody looks appropriately excellent. The questions of corruption in the White House, the freedom of the press, and the leaking of state secrets couldn’t possibly be more on point or in touch with the zeitgeist.
Are we wrong to feel a little underwhelmed? We’re not making any predictions based on one trailer, but it all feels a little rote to us. Granted, the trailer has a deliberate old-fashioned vibe to it; from the font choice to the music, it evokes movie trailers of the early seventies fairly well. And we have no doubt Streep and Hanks are going to play off each other really, really well. They’re each different enough from the other in their acting style to provide a challenge to the other one. And that supporting cast – Odenkirk, Whitford, Coon, Paulson, Plemons, Stuhlbarg – is like a Murderer’s Row of red-hot, insanely talented character actors. There are a lot of reasons to look forward to this, but we’re not convinced by this that the directing is one of them. No predictions, of course. The Spielberg/Streep collaboration doesn’t strike us as an intuitive or effortless one, but we’re curious as to the results.
And it sure looks pretty great; in that low-ceilinged, gray-sky’d, flourescent-lit seventies political thriller sort of way:
Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light.
The Post marks the first time Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have collaborated on a project. In addition to directing, Spielberg produces along with Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Krieger. The script was written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, and the film features an acclaimed ensemble cast including Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods.
In Theaters December 22, 2017
Director: Steven Spielberg
Screenplay by: Liz Hannah, Josh Singer
Produced by: Steven Spielberg, Amy Pascal and Kristie Macisko Krieger
Cast: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods
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