‘The Post’ shines light

By Paula Fuentes

Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ delivers a pleasurable and climactic look into events leading up to pivotal historic moments ensuring freedom of the press.

The docudrama’s one cut scenes highlights the bustling weeks in 1971 when classified government papers got published for the nation.

The Executive Editor of The Washington Post, Ben Bradlee, was played by Tom Hanks and the owner and publisher Katharine Graham was portrayed by Meryl Streep.

Bradlee and Graham find their local paper in the position to make a global stance by publishing excerpts of highly sensitive Pentagon Papers.

The film begins in a battlefield in Vietnam where Daniel Ellsberg, played by Matthew Rhys, vigorously types notes recording all that is happening around.

As the movie goes on we find Ellsberg listening to Robert McNamara on a plane ride discussing his disappointment on the war remaining the same and how it is an indication of things getting worse.

Once they land, McNamara steps off the plane to gives a press conference backing the war and its advances.

The dishonest comments from McNamara were enough to push Ellsberg to use his clearance as a RAND corporation employee to photocopy all 7,000 pages of the study, which he shares with New York Times writer Neil Sheehan.

The long scenes, multiple changes of perspective and the rushed movement through different rooms kept the movie developing quickly as the publishing deadline approached.

The decision to publish sensitive excerpts from the classified report comes in the midst of The Washington Post becoming public on the New York Stock Exchange.

This sensitive time for the Washington Post was put more on edge by the fact that the government had already threatened the New York Times for its choice to publish the papers.

Although there is much at stake and much to consider, the overwhelming theme and focus of the movie is what is best for democracy and the people of the United States.

The movie breaks from the nail-biting historical moments to deliver just the right amount of entertaining and light-hearted scenes.

Throughout the movie, Graham evolves as her position transitions from uncertainty in herself to full-on conviction that she no longer honors her grandfather and husband’s company.

There was a sense of pride as Graham, Bradlee, and other newspapers decided to publish in solidarity with The Post and The New York Times.

They all take a stand against the government to secure and fight for the freedom of the press and the right to honesty and transparency to the people.

It is na_Ò_àve to watch this movie and not sense the kind of power that shining a light on certain issues is still valuable when looking at the things that the country currently faces.

The movie is a spark for those looking for motivation to protect the wellbeing and shape of our future as a nation.

“The Post” is already receiving praise and recognition from audiences across the nation, as well six Golden Globe nominations.

The movie reminds journalists, students and citizens of the rights that get forgotten when there is no one trying to take them away.

Courtesy of IMDB

‘The Post’ delivers a climactic look into events leading up to historic moments ensuring freedom of the press

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