Saturday, 24 February 2018

Movie Review: The Post

As a student journalism I had to go and see this movie. So as soon as it released here in the Netherland me and my friend picked up our Vue Movie Passes and went to the cinema.
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The story is about a woman who becomes the head of the The Washington Post. Men do not feel good about a woman reigning the company. But Kay Graham (Meryll Streep) is a fierce woman that doesn’t give up easily. Then it comes to a moment that there is a leak in the government about the Vietnam War and another newspaper got those documents and is publishing what is really going on in Vietnam. The government wants them to stop publishing and takes them to court and the newspaper has to stop publishing. Than Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) is getting his hands on those Vietnam files and Kay has to decide whether or not to publish these government secrets.

What for me, as a journalism student, was fun to see was how news was made back in the days. These days all the newspapers are the same, we read articles on internet and the next day there is a longer story in the newspaper.

Back then, you had this game with what was the news. What is the other newspaper working on? What 
is their front page? And when the other newspaper had those Vietnam files in their hands, it wasn’t easy for The Post to get their hands on it. They simply couldn’t download or email the files like how we do it these days. I really liked that the journalists had to get out and be on the street to find the news. Also, the discussion if the government can tell what a newspaper publishes and what not was very interesting to see. They fought for freedom of the press and I never knew that this leak also brought freedom of the press in danger. Luckily for all of us it ended well!
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And then also the making off a newspaper. What a fantastic insight this movie gave into how they used to make newspapers. I was geeking out. Sitting there smiling and asking myself if I could travel in time just see one day in the making off a newspaper.
Sas and I were really positive about the movie. But sometimes it was so much information that we only read subtitles and weren’t really watching the movie. We are not Americans and the movie was quickly introducing president after president. Yes, we’ve learnt a bit about the presidents, but this movie was giving us name after name and little explanation. It’s wasn’t bad but it was hard for us to keep up with all the information sometimes.
Overall the story was great, actors really good and it had some funny moments in it too.

It’s a good movie but I was less enthusiast about it than other movies I have seen lately. But movie is more like infotainment than just entertainment like Maze Runner Death Cure or The Greatest Showman. Duh

Xx Rianne
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