A star studded cast and a legendary director can weave magic when they come together that too with a storyline so compelling. Set in the early 70s, The Washington Post is seen as a local newspaper rather than a big time player like The NY Times. The comparison between the two is rather continuous throughout the whole duration of the film and that is truly justified as well as ironic because they both had to come together to assert the right to free media. “The way to assert the right to publish is to publish” as rightly said by Tom Hanks in the movie sums up this masterpiece by the artful Spielberg.
The movie starts with the Vietnam war in 1966 where State Department military analyst Daniel Ellsberg accompanies U.S. troops in combat, documenting the progress of U.S. military activities in the region for Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. A few years down the line, Ellsberg working for Rand Corp. secretly smuggles the top secret reports for days on end to make photocopies of the decade long involvement of the US government in blinding the citizens of the effect and hopelessness of the Vietnam War being waged. Those documents are later leaked through The NY Times and the rest of the movie follows suit.
After numerous outings, the duo of Hanks-Spielberg haven’t put a foot wrong in this journey of The United States vs The free press. Meryl Streep shines with a supporting role and is as flawless with her character as always. Sarah Paulson makes the most of her little role as does Bob Odenkirk who plays a pivotal role to acquire the secret documents.
Several nominations may not help it to win any Oscars but every Spielberg movie is worth a watch. Go watch it for the classic it is going to be.