Graham was personal friends with Robert McNamara (Bruce Greenwood), Kennedy and Johnson's defense secretary, who commissioned the classified report in the first place, and publishing them could embarrass her friend.
She needs investors to save the business.
As played by Meryl Streep, Graham is a woman from an earlier time, who became the boss only because her husband died.
The other thing that weakens this as a piece of history is the way Spielberg steadily tries to connect and show similarities between Richard Nixon, and our current president, Donald Trump. McNamara ordered an in depth study of the nation's strategy in Vietnam that concluded no matter what is done the US will fail.
Things are further complicated by the fact that the New York Times has already broken the story and been shut down by the Nixon White House. We get Alison Brie as Kay's daughter, David Cross as a Post editor, and Zach Woods as a Post lawyer. "That would be a pretty good ticket".
This drama from Steven Spielberg is also a lot of fun.
Like "Spotlight", also co-written by "Post" co-scribe Josh Singer (writing here with Liz Hannah), this story encapsulates a watershed moment in journalism.More news: Letterman and Obama Refuse to Name-Check Trump in Bland Sit-Down
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Set in 1971 in Washington, D.C., Spielberg's "The Post" is based on the fascinating true story of the Pentagon Papers, a revealing and extensive series of documents that exposed backroom USA involvement in Vietnam stretching back to the Truman administration. Graham is a socialite, to be sure. The film explores that in depth. Not really (as I wrote days before Spielberg's table left the Golden Globe Awards empty-handed).
Here, from the most capable hands, is a very good movie showing you how the events in that one came to be.
Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks relieve their most iconic roles of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show". The most visually dynamic the movie ever gets involves the setting of hot type - so quaint! - and the rattle of printing presses running off the next morning's newspaper. Their work is always exemplary, and the two could probably just stand and smile at the screen for two hours and get rave notices. "I think what's important is when you're making a movie, particularly this one which can be about some heavy stuff, you have to remind people that in real life, in the darkest times, we have to laugh".
This film is crammed full of Academy Award winners. Though you can - at times - nearly smell the ink on the freshly printed newspapers, Spielberg does this one in a more paint-by-numbers fashion than director Tom McCarthy did with the nail-biting Spotlight or Alan Pakula did with the now classic Watergate thriller All the President's Men.
The newsroom back-and-forth, the period details of typewriters and lead type, and Hanks' gleefully gruff turn as the hard-charging Bradlee are cinematic catnip for any newspaper junkie (like me).
The movie pits journalists against the government. The rest of you ought not miss it either. Rated PG-13 for language and some war violence. It's playing at Regal's Columbia Center 8, the Fairchild Cinemas Pasco and Queensgate 12s and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas. And then for the dramatic payoff, with Hanks on the set and Spielberg in the director's chair, she gives you a resounding movie moment.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.