Yet the first thing out of his mouth after James Comey dropped the Michael Flynn bomb last May was a threat that he could prove Comey was fibbing.
The other likely award victor from The Post could be it's director, some kid named Spielberg. Nixon is only seen from behind, through the window of the White House, barking orders into a telephone. The filmmaker noted echoes of Nixon's contempt for the press in the antipathy Trump displayed daily.
The gaffe heralds an overall tone of laziness in what could be the director's stagiest work to date.
The Post, to be sure, is a notable achievement.
Ah yes, the smoky, scotch-swilling good ol' days of the news biz, when you could still put a broad in her place, even if she was your boss.
Hanks, who plays famed editor Ben Bradlee in the historical drama, looked sharp in a two-piece light grey suit, over which he wore a knee-length black wool coat.
The film is built on the debates between Graham and Bradlee, between Bradlee and his editors, between editors and their sources, between journalists and businessmen, between the written word and the legal one - leading up to the first story in The Washington Post on the Pentagon papers. Early on, Graham's unsure of herself. The New York Times has gotten its hands on The Pentagon Papers and intends to publish them.
The story concerns the Pentagon Papers, a 47-volume classified internal study of the Vietnam War commissioned by Defense Secretary Robert McNamara (Bruce Greenwood). They are documents that prove the United States government has known for years that the war in Vietnam is not winnable and covered that fact up through four presidencies, all the while sending more young men into battle, because losing wars isn't something the U.S. does. And given the timing of the film - which trails off with a foreboding finger toward the Watergate scandal to come - it isn't hard to read "The Post" as a criticism of our current administration, which has had an especially combative relationship with the media. In fact, it's only just begun, said Betty Gabriel, who was honored as part of the ensemble that helped make "Get Out" such a big hit.
Finally, it hardly needs to be said, and yet it needs to be acknowledged, that everyone connected with the film was thinking about the story in terms of today's events.
Hey, Trump brags to North Korea about the size of his nuclear button.
Speaking at a press conference a day after The Post's European premiere, Streep also spoke about the Time's Up campaign, which was endorsed by many attendees at the Golden Globes.
She "certainly set the bar pretty high for anybody else who decides to run" for president in 2020, Streep added. Overall, his latest is competently written, efficiently acted and earnest as all get-out. Another long-time collaborator of Spielberg's is composer John Williams, who is responsible for the wonderful score that accentuates the movie.
"The Post" screenplay, by first-timer Liz Hannah and "Spotlight" scripter Josh Singer, never has the energy or the uncovering-secrets excitement of "All the President's Men", the Post's shining moment in journalism depicted in one of the great American movies.
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