The news is a funny thing these days isn’t it? I suppose I could get lost in an argument with myself about the topic at this point but I will choose to focus on the movie The Post which stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.
The Post is the true story about how the Washington Post, as well as, the New York Times were being taken to court by the federal government over the release of top secret documents involving the Vietnam War. Regardless the fact that I knew what was going to happen I still felt captivated and intrigued the whole time during the show which is something to say for a story I already know the ending to.
There was a scene during the movie where Tom and Meryl meet for breakfast and everyone in the room was reading a paper. I thought to myself “hmm that’s a sight you will never see again.” Until I really thought about it the scene is really not that different from today as far as a view is concerned. You will still go to breakfast and see everyone reading into their phone, however, chances are they are looking at Facebook or Instagram instead of news. I couldn’t help but think during the whole movie how much has changed when it comes to consuming news. I wasn’t even alive during this time period but I found myself frustrated at our own news cycle which is 24/7 these days. The movie does a great job of making the movie suspenseful so you can attempt to understand how big of a deal it is that the government was going after the First Amendment. If you are a fan of the actors or of the time era this is a great movie to see. For myself I loved how it got me thinking about the world today compared to the 70s and how much has changed but also how much is actually the same.
The most frustrating part of the show was how much I couldn’t stop imagining Richard Nixon uttering the words “fake news.” For that reason I give The Post 6.1 out of 10 popcorn buckets.